Dozens of travellers have set up camp on a village green ahead of the Wickham Horse Fair.
A group of around 20 caravans appeared at Shedfield Common near Wickham yesterday afternoon. Residents said the travellers ripped up wooden posts in order to gain access to the field.Ooh, let me guess, the cops on the ground will claim there's no evidence the travellers did it? Well, what will you do now, Donna?
Officers attended the encampment at around 4.45pm to "assess" the situation and said they are working we (sic) the landowner to find a suitable solution.
Will that include booting them off by force? Checking every caravan and car is taxed and MOT'd? Checking the welfare of every animal and ensuring all horses are numbered?
After organisers reached an agreement with the Hampshire Constabulary, a ‘small symbolic event’ was authorised to take place last year in lieu of the cancellation.
However, residents and business owners were left frustrated as scores of travellers and their horses descended on the Hampshire village - forcing police to close multiple roads.
So, you reach an agreement, one side then blatently disregards it and....you try and reach another? What's the definition of insanity again?
Despite the disruption, the fair has received the go-ahead for a full return, with organisers confirming it will take place on Friday, May 20 this year.
Watch this space!H/T: i.r.jackson via email
Hmmm. I'm sure that the fuzz approach would be different if twenty caravans full of sober pensioners had set up on the village green . . . . then it would be full riot gear, tv coverage and "look what a grand job we're doing"..
Certainly within the last three decades, the majority of taxpayers became aware of the utter futility in encumbering themselves with a bankrupting, superfluous police 'service'. A massive black hole for spending without evidence of any useful virtue and tolerated in spite of 'there' worst performances.
The muti £Billions annually squandered on plod, would have been better spent on physical shields to segregate decent folk from Life's other dross and parasites.
If the invaders uprooted a fence, was it not possible for someone to have filmed them with their phone? That way the police claim that there was no evidence could have been challenged.
There is always the possibility of arresting someone 'on suspicion of committing criminal damage'.
The fact that the damage was done to the travellers benefit suggests they either did it, helped someone do it, or know who did it. In the good old days, that suspcion would be enough.
An alternative method would be to replace the posts, after giving the pikeys the option of leaving before they are replaced. If they refuse to do so, fence them in and then watch them remove them, giving the evidence of criminal damage. Ways and means, boys, ways and means.
But, what can you do if the bloody horse doesn't want to drink?
"...then it would be full riot gear, tv coverage and "look what a grand job we're doing".."
"Certainly within the last three decades, the majority of taxpayers became aware of the utter futility in encumbering themselves with a bankrupting, superfluous police 'service'."
It does seem to be getting worse, despite hiring all those graduates, eh?
"If the invaders uprooted a fence, was it not possible for someone to have filmed them with their phone?"
Might be a bit injurious to one's health...
"Ways and means, boys, ways and means."
That would require a work ethic, which seems sadly lacking...
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