Unlawful traveller encampments leave Harlow

THE remaining caravans from an unauthorised encampment setup in Harlow on Sunday evening (13 September) left the town this morning. The remaining caravans on Second Avenue and Third Avenue were given until this morning to leave following assessments made yesterday afternoon. 

Councillor Mark Ingall, Leader of Harlow Council, said: “I would like to thank our community safety team and Essex Police for their work on resolving this issue so quickly. In this incidence the Police were able to support us by using their section 61 powers. Twenty-two caravans left yesterday with the remaining 7 caravans leaving this morning. We look forward to continuing the good working relationship with the police on these matters.

“Back in July this year we tried to extend our high court injunction against unauthorised encampments. We had to withdraw our application while in court when it was clear that it would not be supported without sufficient evidence of a current issue. We said at the time that we would not hesitate in going back to court to apply again if persistent unauthorised encampments return as this will give us the evidence to support a fresh injunction application.  

“In the meantime we will continue to use the powers available to us and work closely with the Police to resolve unauthorised encampments. We will take what action the law allows and we will do it as quickly as we can to protect our green spaces.”

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