Cash, 29, and his family bought a field in the hamlet and arrived there on the afternoon of Friday, August 26. It was the start of a Bank Holiday weekend and the travellers were relying on the fact that councils rarely take action until staff return to work the following Tuesday.Of course, they ignored it. Why not? Nothing had ever been done about this before...
But on the Saturday officers from East Herts District Council approached a High Court judge, Kenneth Parker QC, who granted an injunction banning building.
But on Monday, Cash was ordered to appear before another High Court judge, Richard Seymour QC, and was jailed for four months for what the judge described as ‘a very bad case’ of contempt of court.And that's how you do it!
By 7pm on Monday, the three caravans had been removed.
A spokesman for Greens Residents Action Group said villagers were ‘amazed’ at how quickly the caravans were forced to move on. ‘The High Court judge was so impressive,’ she said. ‘We were concerned the problem would go on for three months or more.’More of this, please!