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Plans for travellers site in Poole rejected by councillors

Plans for a traveller site in Poole has been refused by councillors.

The site at Marsh End in Creekmoor had been suggested as a site for travellers to set up but hundreds of residents and councillors rejected the plans.

The Gypsy Council also said the site was unsuitable.

Authorities believed the proposed site was the only way to tackle the problem of travellers setting up on public parks and open spaces.

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Travellers park on Southampton roundabout

Click video. Travellers have camped on a busy Hampshire roundabout near the M27 motorway. Their trucks and caravans are in the grass area in the middle.

Hampshire Police say they are monitoring the situation., They are asking drivers not to be distracted as they drive around the roundabout at Bursledon on the outskirts of Southampton. The travellers are being given a deadline to move on.

Vulnerable men suffered beatings

Two travellers who exploited vulnerable men and made them work long hours withno pay, live in tents and suffer beatings were jailed today. Victor Romain, 56 and Christopher Groombridge, 32, suffered at the hands of John Connors and his brother-in-law William (Billy) Connors for around five months.

The men, who were homeless or had drink problems, were approached by theConnors family and told they could work laying block paving or tarmac for £30 or£40 a day and they would also be given food and accommodation.

But instead they received little cash for up to 80 hours' work a week with nohealth and safety training nor the proper tools, Southampton Crown Court wastold. John Connors was sentenced to 40 months in prison and William Connors wasjailed for 30 months.

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BREAKING NEWS: Stabbing at traveller's funeral

Police at the scene of stabbing Credit: Beth Collett

Thames Valley Police say they are investigating a disturbance during a funeral at Greyfriars Church in Iffley Road at around 11.20am this morning.

Police received reports that a man has suffered what are believed to be knife related injuries.

The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time. Officers are at the scene speaking to witnesses and attempting to calm tensions, Thames Valley Police say.

Dale Farm site now a hazard say locals

One year after a £7m operation to remove travellers from the Dale Farm site in Essex, some local residents say the area has become a rubbish dump and a health hazard.

Despite the high-profile eviction, some travellers remain camped on a road leading up to it.

In show of anger at the evictions a year ago, about 100 people tried to storm the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) offices in central London today.

Some demonstrators attempted to gain entry into the building to "evict" the department's secretary Eric Pickles but were restrained on the ground by police.

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