Travellers evicted ahead of Dagenham festival

Travellers in Parsloes Park

Travellers in Parsloes Park - Credit: Archant

Travellers who pitched up at Parsloes Park - which is due to host a major family fun day tomorrow - have been evicted.

The 45-strong group turned up at the Dagenham park last night after being moved on from nearby Mayesbrook Park, just weeks after they were evicted from Castle Green.

Police used powers under section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to remove the travellers quickly.

During the eviction process there was a significant police and council presence with a council security staff located on every park gate throughout the borough to ensure that they could not relocate to another site.

A council spokeswoman said the One Borough One community day in Parsloes Park will run as scheduled, from 11am to 10pm tomorrow.

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“We would like to reassure everyone that the event is going ahead as planned, we have security on site and we do not envisage any problems with the programmed activities,” she added.

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