Travellers face eviction from Barking town centre
PUBLISHED: 15:03 24 June 2015 | UPDATED: 15:03 24 June 2015
A group of travellers illegally camping in Barking town centre face court action tomorrow.
Up to 20 caravans are currently pitched up in Abbey Green, causing disruption to staff and pupils at nearby St Margaret’s Primary School, in North Street.
Christine Lee, whose nine-year-old daughter attends the school, says children aren’t being allowed to play outside due to the disruption.
Parents received a group text informing them that 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 due to the ongoing issues.
“They can’t even open the windows because they keep shouting abuse,” she said. “There were about a dozen caravans on Monday but now there’s more. They’re taking over the green.”
A spokesman for Barking and Dagenham Council said: “Enforcement officers and police are working together to remove the travellers from Abbey Green.
“An application for a summons will be made at magistrates today, to instruct the travellers to attend a court hearing on Thursday.”
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