Quicker traveller evictions urged

The government has urged local councils to act more quickly to shut down illegal traveller sites. It's hoped the move will prevent another situation like Dale Farm in Basildon, which was only cleared after years of legal wrangling.

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Illegal traveller sites 'should be cleared more quickly'

Councils have been told to act faster to shut down illegal traveller sites, to prevent a repeat of another situation like Dale Farm.

The clearance by bailiffs in Essex ended in violent clashes and came after an expensive 10-year legal battle.

Today, Brentwood MP and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said authorities were still failing to use powers to stop it happening again.

Ria Chatterjee reports.

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