Sunday 26 January 2020

Dale Farm evictions: Two admit urinating at police

Ben Kendall

TWO men who urinated towards police officers during the clearance of the UK's largest illegal travellers' site have been given community punishments.

Robert Mack, 24, who lives in student accommodation in Southwark, south-east London, and Aiden Duffield, 29, of Monteagle Way, east London, were both arrested during the clearance of Dale Farm in October.

Mack admitted assaulting a police officer at Southend Magistrates yesterday and was ordered to complete 160 hours of unpaid work and pay costs and compensation totalling £650, Essex Police said.

Duffield admitted a public order offence and was ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work and pay £450 costs.

Essex Police said both men urinated from the scaffold gantry erected by protesters at the main entrance to the six acre site in Crays Hill, Essex, on October 19.

A spokesman added: "Urine from Mack hit a police constable."

Basildon Council and Essex Police led the clearance to remove families living on Dale Farm following a decade-long row over unauthorised plots.

The operation resulted in violent clashes.

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