FILM: Day two update on activity at Dale Farm
As the site clearance at Dale Farm reaches day
two, bailiffs are clearing the main entrance and exit of
the site by removing the gantry.
Once this is clear, representatives from Basildon Borough Council
and bailiffs can access the site at Crays Hill safely and allow
travellers who wish to leave to do so.
Meanwhile all protestors locked on the base of the gantry have
been removed by bailiffs, supported by police officers from Essex
and other forces, to ensure the safety of everyone involved
and prevent breaches of the peace.
A total of 34 people, all protestors, have been arrested. None
of those arrested are resident at Dale Farm and only one is from
the Basildon area. The rest, who have given addresses, live outside
Essex. One person has also been charged.
Eleven minor injuries, mainly cuts, bruises and grazes, have
been reported by police officers, received when they entered the
site yesterday morning.
No formal complaints have been received by Essex Police but a
number of concerns have been recorded and are being reviewed by the
Professional Standards Department.
Supt Trevor Roe said: "There are a number of travellers who want
to leave the site and we are trying to facilitate that as soon as
we can. Those people who leave the site are entitled to go where
they like. We have no intention of following people. If they arrive
in other places and commit criminal offences, that will be dealt
with as a separate matter.
"Our clear intention is to return to normal policing as soon as
possible. We are conscious there are still a number of protestors
on site. We hope that once those protestors leave the area,
tension will diminish and we can then return to normal community
"Essex Police would like to thank the nine police forces
providing mutual aid support. They,and our officers, have all
displayed a high standard of professionalism, tolerance and
respected the dignity of all concerned in a difficult operating