“Huge” traveller camp has now left Parsonage Downs in Dunmow

PUBLISHED: 14:20 07 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:11 07 June 2018

Travellers outside Helena Romanes School, in Dunmow. Picture: ANDY LONG/ESSEX POLICE

Travellers outside Helena Romanes School, in Dunmow. Picture: ANDY LONG/ESSEX POLICE

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The travellers which were encamped outside Helena Romanes School (HRS) in Dunmow have now moved on.

The travellers, who arrived at Parsonage Downs on June 2, left the site yesterday evening (June 6) after police issued a Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, directing the them to leave.

The travellers were on land owned by Great Dunmow Town Council.

According to the Great Dunmow Town Council in a Facebook post published on June 4 there were “about 18 caravans plus associated vehicles trespassing on Parsonage Downs- on both sides of the roadway leading to the school.”

A mother of children at the school, who wanted to remain anonymous, described the camp as “huge”.

She said: “It was like nothing I have ever seen before.”

She said the dogs at the site were in the “most distressing state” and that she could see their ribs.

Parents drove their children to school as they felt their children could not walk “safely” near the site, the source said.

On June 4, two days after the travellers arrived, Great Dunmow Town Council said on its Facebook page: “Over the weekend the town council took over some rubbish bags, asked the travellers to move some of their dogs, and checked that their fires were at an acceptable distance from neighbouring properties.”

The statement also said: “A formal request was made to the police to evict but at this time they are not prepared to invoke the powers available to them to move the travellers on.”

Great Dunmow Town Council confirmed to the Broadcast this morning that the travellers had moved on.

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