Travellers and Developers standoff

Posted: July 3, 2010 in Law & Disorder

Developers have dug a ditch to repel an invasion by travellers.Ilie

About 30 travellers in nine caravans turned up at the exclusive Rydons development beside a golf and country club in Exeter, Devon, on Wednesday evening. Some of the residents who had already moved in to the new estate complained of loud music being played until 2am, incessant barking of dogs and children running riot through the streets, which led to police attending the scene the next morning.
Housebuilder Persimmon Homes gave the travellers until midday on Thursday to leave the site, where homes cost up to £400,000, but when this deadline was ignored, an on site JCB digger created an 18-inch-wide ditch around the caravans.

The travellers countered by moving their vehicles to create a barrier to stop the ditch fully encircling their camp. Yesterday the travellers were still there claiming they would instruct their kids to fill in the ditch with spades. Well at least it will stop the kids creating havoc in the streets.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said the encampment was a civil crime of trespass and was not a police matter but two officers were sent to the scene because of the risk of a breach of the peace. I thought the Labour government had made trespassing a crime?

Anyway

Here’s another Nigerian involved in sham marriages.

Samuel Alonge, who had overstayed his visa, was sentenced to 14 months after pleading guilty to immigration offences.

His conviction at Northampton Crown Court brings the total combined sentences for all 13 people apprehended and convicted during the UK Border Agency’s Operation Sandford to 20 years.

Alonge, 39, was arrested on April 8 at Holy Sepulchre Church, Sheep Street, Northampton, where he was participating in a marriage rehearsal with a Dutch woman.

Alonge refused to answer questions during interview, but immigration checks revealed that his passport contained a fake stamp and that a gas bill he had supplied as proof of residence in Northampton was also forged.

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