The man who drove at the trio gave up and left.
Mr Smith called 999 to report the assault on his colleague although there were already two officers at the kebab van next to the BP garage.You couldn’t make it up, could you?
He said: “There was a police car with two officers at the kebab van. They had a word with some of the travellers and told them not to go on to the land, but then they just drove off to eat their kebabs. They did nothing to help us stop the travellers.”
He added: “We got no response from police through 999. No officers attended, even though we had reported an assault with a vehicle.”Perhaps you should have reported an unwelcome conspiracy theory or suggested the van might have had a novelty horn?
A spokesman said they received two calls on Monday, July 28, in relation to travellers turning up on the land – one shortly after 8.30pm and another just after 9.30pm.
The spokesman said: “Two plain-clothed police officers were on their refreshment break in the area at the time and became aware of the travellers’ encampment. The officers engaged with the travellers and called for further police assistance. They did not witness an assault.
“Police have liaised with councillor Allport Hodge, but no statement has been provided.” The spokesman said there are no “aggravating factors” to require police action.Not so much ‘to protect and serve’ as ‘to look the other way & kowtow to political correctness’…
And in other Essex-related traveller news:
Residents fear travellers may never be forced to move on after Basildon Council chose not to send in bailiffs for the second time.*sighs*
The Echo understands because so much time has passed, the council will again have to get up-to-date personal information from the travellers before it uses bailiffs.
Councillor Richard Moore, responsible for planning, said: “The travellers have not applied for a judicial review. The council is now carefully considering its options and taking further legal advice as to what is the most sensible way forward.
“In the meantime we are monitoring the situation at Oak Lane on a daily basis.
“Those who have followed the Dale Farm story will know this is a legal minefield. We will act and when we do, it will be in the best interest of local taxpayers. But that will be at a time of our choosing when we deem it is most prudent to do so.”I guess there are no councillors or council staff living anywhere near these encampments…
H/T: Wiggia via email