Travellers in Elstree Way in Borehamwood threatened with court order to get out

Borehamwood Times: Travellers told to get out Travellers told to get out

A court order has been issued to force travellers to leave a Borehamwood car park.

The travellers have been occupying the former Elstree Business Centre car park since Monday morning, when a convoy of 35 caravans moved in.

A witness, who asked not to be named, reported they broke in through the gates using bolt cutters and set up camp.

The original group departed on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

The travellers left behind piles of rubbish including sofas, mattresses, broken glass, DVDs, rubble, window frames and boxes of bank statements and VAT receipts, none of which had been there before, according to several witnesses.

Another group of ten caravans moved in to occupy a patch of land next door, also owned by Legal and General, at Tuesday lunch-time.

Hertsmere Borough Council’s environmental health team, along with police officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary, were at the scene this afternoon.

They caught a truck adding waste to the existing piles of rubbish and traced it to the travellers who were still there.

The travellers, surrounded by children, hurled abuse at police and environmental officers after they said they would confiscate the truck.

One said: “If you leave that truck here we’ll tell thousands of travellers around here Borehamwood is no place for them.

“If you take it we’ll be in Borehamwood for a long time to come. You do what you have to do and I’ll do what I have to do.”

He told the Borehamwood Times: “These caravans are our homes. We’re always there illegally and we’re moved from place to place. We’ve nowhere else to go.”

A spokeswoman for landlords Legal and General said: “We are aware of the situation and working very hard to resolve it as quickly as possible through the court.”

A spokeswoman from Hertsmere Council said: “We are working with the police and land owner to resolve this situation as soon as possible. Environmental health officers witnessed fly-tipping from a vehicle so the police seized the vehicle.  Further investigations are ongoing.”

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6:13pm Wed 26 Feb 14

TFEB says...

Did they take the truck?
Did they take the truck? TFEB
  • Score: 12

8:05am Thu 27 Feb 14

RedBen says...

if any council tax paying resident threatened authorities like these people do they'd get arrested immediately and charged. About time the police grew some and did their jobs.
if any council tax paying resident threatened authorities like these people do they'd get arrested immediately and charged. About time the police grew some and did their jobs. RedBen
  • Score: 27

11:10am Thu 27 Feb 14

wezils says...

What they should do is blockade the entrance with 30 tons of hard core and just leave them in there and wait till they pay to get it removed!!
What they should do is blockade the entrance with 30 tons of hard core and just leave them in there and wait till they pay to get it removed!! wezils
  • Score: 19

3:23pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Lee West says...

In response to RedBen,

The situation in Borehamwood is not unique. This event happens in every town and every city throughout the UK.

Laws are there to prosecute tax payers but not travelers, that predominantly are foreign nationals from Ireland-that is self-evident!

However the events of yesterday does explain the high police presence at Elstree Train Station and the miserable looking police officer standing guard in front of the station barrier between platforms and office barriers!

His look was either bewilderment and discontent or the look of aggression desperate to kick off?
In response to RedBen, The situation in Borehamwood is not unique. This event happens in every town and every city throughout the UK. Laws are there to prosecute tax payers but not travelers, that predominantly are foreign nationals from Ireland-that is self-evident! However the events of yesterday does explain the high police presence at Elstree Train Station and the miserable looking police officer standing guard in front of the station barrier between platforms and office barriers! His look was either bewilderment and discontent or the look of aggression desperate to kick off? Lee West
  • Score: 4

2:44pm Fri 28 Feb 14

RedBen says...

So fly tipping is okay if done by travellers? I take it when they eventually leave on their own accord, because the police are obviously a waste of space, we can all fly tip in the carpark. Somehow though I would imagine the police and council will miraculously get their powers back should council tax paying residents do this.
So fly tipping is okay if done by travellers? I take it when they eventually leave on their own accord, because the police are obviously a waste of space, we can all fly tip in the carpark. Somehow though I would imagine the police and council will miraculously get their powers back should council tax paying residents do this. RedBen
  • Score: 17

3:20pm Fri 28 Feb 14

mr.taxpayer says...

They wont go far, never do. Nasty inbred people
They wont go far, never do. Nasty inbred people mr.taxpayer
  • Score: 11

4:53pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Billy_Boy says...

Don't expect any of the three main parties to do anything - especially Labour, they'd let even more lowlifes into the country. Vote UKIP!!
Don't expect any of the three main parties to do anything - especially Labour, they'd let even more lowlifes into the country. Vote UKIP!! Billy_Boy
  • Score: 4

7:05pm Sat 1 Mar 14

kelvin says...

Why don't they travel back to Ireland ???
Why don't they travel back to Ireland ??? kelvin
  • Score: 12

4:56pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Ms H says...

kelvin wrote:
Why don't they travel back to Ireland ???
I understood that there was no chance of doing this back in Ireland as the Irish Government have past a law that states any traveller caught on land illegally will have their vans and cars seized within 24hrs, great deterrent WE on the other hand allow this to happen
[quote][p][bold]kelvin[/bold] wrote: Why don't they travel back to Ireland ???[/p][/quote]I understood that there was no chance of doing this back in Ireland as the Irish Government have past a law that states any traveller caught on land illegally will have their vans and cars seized within 24hrs, great deterrent WE on the other hand allow this to happen Ms H
  • Score: 7

4:19pm Mon 3 Mar 14

mr.taxpayer says...

I am astounded at the amount of rubbish these dirty law breaking gypsies have left behind in the car park, there must be 30 or 40 mounds of rubbish of a few tonnes each.

Why don't the police grow a set of testicles and prosecute these people?

Impound the caravans, impound the expensive new 4x4's, impound the new transit tipper vans they all seem to own.

Look into their tax affairs, and basically prosecute them for anything until they have no option than return to Ireland where they come from.
I am astounded at the amount of rubbish these dirty law breaking gypsies have left behind in the car park, there must be 30 or 40 mounds of rubbish of a few tonnes each. Why don't the police grow a set of testicles and prosecute these people? Impound the caravans, impound the expensive new 4x4's, impound the new transit tipper vans they all seem to own. Look into their tax affairs, and basically prosecute them for anything until they have no option than return to Ireland where they come from. mr.taxpayer
  • Score: 9

2:17pm Tue 4 Mar 14

punky47 says...

Did they leave any **** behind?
Did they leave any **** behind? punky47
  • Score: 0

2:19pm Tue 4 Mar 14

punky47 says...

...begins with p and rhymes with horn.
...begins with p and rhymes with horn. punky47
  • Score: 0

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