Travellers battling eviction block entrance to illegal campsite with caravan and occupy contractor’s JCB


TRAVELLERS have blocked the entrance to their illegal campsite with a caravan and occupied a contractor’s JCB to stop their eviction.

Police appeared alongside bailiffs at the old gas works site in Glenfrome Road, Bristol yesterday morning as the group refused to budge.

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed yesterday that they had been called to the site, which is owned by Wales and West Utilities, to prevent a breach of the peace.

The travellers had been living on the site for weeks, and claim that the eviction is illegal and is being done without any court papers.

Though they have been told this is a common law eviction, they argue that the eviction is illegal as as there is a building on the site (hidden by foliage) that is occupied.

But the owners of the site have since hit back, and said the travellers were “trespassing on our land” and urged them to leave the area.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: “The primary action is being taken by bailiffs who are carrying out enforcement action on behalf of a private landowner.

“We’re there to prevent a breach of the peace and deal with any criminal offences.

“So far one person has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.”

A spokesperson for the land’s owner Wales and West Utilities said: “We are aware of a number of individuals trespassing on our land in the Glenfrome area of Bristol.

“All individuals currently trespassing have been instructed to leave the area.

“We will work alongside the appropriate authorities until this matter is resolved.”


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