Travellers leave Loughton playing fields

Travellers near Cranleigh Gardens

Travellers near Cranleigh Gardens

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East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Epping Forest

A group of travellers have vacated a recreation ground, but residents have said they are unhappy with with police handling of the situation.

Around seven caravans and associated vehicles left the site near Cranleigh Gardens in Loughton at around 6.15pm on Saturday.

Epping Forest District councillor for Loughton Roding, Stephen Murray, reported taking four large rubbish sacks from the site after the travellers had left.

Comments left on the Guardian’s website suggest neighbours not happy with the police after officers reportedly refused to block the entrance to prevent further travellers accessing the site on Thursday.

'Villager1' said: “I think the greatest villains in this saga were the police - the behaviour of the travellers is predictable that is what they do but what on earth do we pay the police for? they are here to protect property private and public .”

Haward Wolowitz said: “They should have arrested  them for breaking the law.

“Take  their vehicles for being illegally parked and make them clear up  the fiel before they leave.”

A police spokeswoman said: “It is the land owner’s responsibility to take necessary action to reclaim their land.”

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8:10am Mon 11 Aug 14

UKIP-local says...

Can we please have an assurance from the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner, who the people of Essex elected to set the priorities for the police, does now make a clear statement of how the police will deal with these situations.
Can we please have an assurance from the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner, who the people of Essex elected to set the priorities for the police, does now make a clear statement of how the police will deal with these situations. UKIP-local
  • Score: 11

8:24am Mon 11 Aug 14

Stephen Murray says...

The site has far as I can tell is now back to normal .

As the report correctly states I needed to remove just four black sacks of rubbish on Sunday morning from the area the travellers had left the evening before (ideally there would not have been any rubbish left to clear but this is not much worse than what can be left over a wider area on any hot weekend or Bank holiday) and the Environment Agency cleared the dumped rubbish in the River Roding on Sunday morning.

Questions do need to be and will be asked about the police role over the last few days.

Independent Loughton Roding Ward Councillor - Stephen Murray
The site has far as I can tell is now back to normal . As the report correctly states I needed to remove just four black sacks of rubbish on Sunday morning from the area the travellers had left the evening before (ideally there would not have been any rubbish left to clear but this is not much worse than what can be left over a wider area on any hot weekend or Bank holiday) and the Environment Agency cleared the dumped rubbish in the River Roding on Sunday morning. Questions do need to be and will be asked about the police role over the last few days. Independent Loughton Roding Ward Councillor - Stephen Murray Stephen Murray
  • Score: 7

9:58am Mon 11 Aug 14

myopinioncounts says...

When travellers moved onto the car park belonging to the (closed) Walthamstow dog track police, and then a security company, were seen to be present outside the gates for some days. Neither stopped the travellers moving more vehicles onto the site or bringing in large quantities of household waste which included furniture. Weeks after the travellers voluntarily moved off the car park (onto other privately owned land nearby!) flytipped rubbish was still there, presumably to be removed at the expense of whoever bought the land.
It is time that travellers were made to follow the laws of the land and not be treated as 'untouchable' because of Political Correctness.
When travellers moved onto the car park belonging to the (closed) Walthamstow dog track police, and then a security company, were seen to be present outside the gates for some days. Neither stopped the travellers moving more vehicles onto the site or bringing in large quantities of household waste which included furniture. Weeks after the travellers voluntarily moved off the car park (onto other privately owned land nearby!) flytipped rubbish was still there, presumably to be removed at the expense of whoever bought the land. It is time that travellers were made to follow the laws of the land and not be treated as 'untouchable' because of Political Correctness. myopinioncounts
  • Score: 11

9:38am Wed 13 Aug 14

Maps62 says...

A couple of days after the travellers left, 2 cars were seen driving on the fields.
The police were apparently happy to intervene in this situation ......
This surely requires an explanation?
A couple of days after the travellers left, 2 cars were seen driving on the fields. The police were apparently happy to intervene in this situation ...... This surely requires an explanation? Maps62
  • Score: 2

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