First he encircled them with a metal fence. And when that failed to move the gipsy camp off his land, he dug a moat.OK, it’s not going to be something that everyone can do. It helps when you have immediate access to earth moving equipment and manpower.
Builder Francis Shiner resorted to the measures when two gipsy families set up home on the disused car park of a building site.
He asked them to move, they didn't, and so he went on the offensive and managed to evict them within 48 hours.
But what a heartening story!
His workers surrounded them with an 8ft-high metal fence and excavated a trench around the camp.Hurrah! Hopefully, Basildon Council is reading this. I don’t think a moat is likely to cost upward of £2mill (although if they are council workers, it still might!).
They left a 5ft gap in the moat and told the gypsies to leave or face being marooned on an island - and they fled by the following morning.
A police spokesman for Bedfordshire police said they were not involved in the matter 'as common sense prevailed to resolve it peaceably'.So, what are you waiting for, Basildon Council? Fire up the earthmovers!
He said: 'This was not a matter for us as it didn't escalate into a breach of the peace.
'It is up to landowners to seek legal advice to remove people who move onto their land. It is a civil matter.
'Landowners are also within their rights to build a barricade on their land. If they had trapped the travelers on site, they would not have broken the law.'