Police have taken swift action against a host of recent traveller encampments in south Essex.Oooh, 'swift action', eh? Great!
Police attended Queens Park Country Park where a ten caravan camp was removed.
However, a separate camp still remains on the site.Oh...
“We are monitoring the situation and our Gypsy and Traveller Rural Engagement Team has been liaising closely with one of the encampments.”Why only one?
The other encampment in Queens Park was not removed at the same time as there was no evidence of the group committing a criminal offence.
A spokesman added: “The act of trespass is a civil matter and we work with landowners to try and resolve this matters (sic) as quickly as possible.”Well, legislation to ensure this wasn't just a civil matter would help, wouldn't it? But unaccountably, you don't seem to want that.
Maybe because then you'd have to find another excuse to not do your job...
“A teenager has since been dealt with through a community resolution, where they paid compensation and gave a verbal apology.”*rolls eyes* Remember folks, what does leniency get you?
Another four caravans were found to have pitched up on the site yesterday afternoon. The council said it will continue to work with ECTU and police to remove the camp quickly.That's right. More of the same.