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Travellers could be removed from Castle Green ‘by the weekend’

PUBLISHED: 14:00 30 June 2015

Travellers on the Castle Green site

Travellers on the Castle Green site

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The group of travellers illegally pitched up in Dagenham could be removed by the weekend, according to the council.

Days after arriving in Barking, the caravans moved to Castle Green, on Goresbrook Road, but council officers are expected to take them to court tomorrow.

A 39-year-old mother, who lives in Ellerton Aveue but wished to remain anonymous, says her eight-year-old son, who attends Thomas Arnold Primary School, is scared to leave the home.

“They’re making him anxious,” she said. “He’s scared about me being left alone, so we have to make sure everything’s locked.”

The group turned up at Abbey Green the previous weekend, causing disruption to nearby St Margaret’s Primary School.

Christine Lee, whose nine-year-old daughter attends, said pupils were not allowed to play outside.

Parents received a text to say the travellers had pitched up on Sunday night, but were told that the school would be open as normal.

However Christine said some of the other parents are keeping their children at home.

“They can’t even open the windows because they keep shouting abuse,” she said.

However, the council were able to remove the group after an order was granted from Romford Magistrates on Thursday.

A council spokesman said: “Enforcement officers and police are working together to remove the travellers from Castle Green.

“We are planning to go court on Wednesday to seek magistrates approval to instruct the travellers to vacate the land by the weekend.”


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