400 Travellers face eviction as UK court bid thrown out
Published 01/09/2011 | 05:00
About 400 Travellers are set to be removed from their homes on the largest unauthorised site in Britain after London's High Court yesterday rejected their last-ditch attempt to stop the move.
A local authority will now be able to go ahead with plans to force out 86 families and bulldoze illegally erected properties at Dale Farm, home to the largest Traveller community in Britain, near Basildon, to the north-east of London.
After a long-running legal battle lasting a decade, the group had sought an injunction to stop the eviction with the case hinging on a seriously ill 72-year-old resident Mary Flynn, whose health lawyers argued would be affected.
However, the court dismissed the application.
"Obviously lots of the residents are devastated. It was their last hope," Jake Fulton from the Dale Farm Solidarity group said.