New age travellers block entrance to their site with caravan

New age travellers block entrance to their site with caravan and occupy contractor’s JCB as they fight to stop eviction

  • The group are facing being removed from the old gas works site in north Bristol 
  • Bailiffs from GRC arrived on Saturday morning with police also in attendance
  • They say that the eviction is illegal and is being done without any court papers 

New age travellers have blocked the entrance to their site with a caravan and occupied a contractor’s JCB as they fight to stop their eviction. 

The group are facing being removed from the old gas works site on Glenfrome Road in the north of Bristol.  

Bailiffs from GRC arrived on Saturday morning with police also in attendance who have closed off the road. 

New age travellers in Bristol have blocked the entrance to their site with a caravan and occupied a contractor’s JCB as they fight to stop their eviction

The group are facing being removed from the old gas works site on Glenfrome Road in the north of Bristol

The travellers have been living on the site, which is owned by Wales and West Utilities, for some weeks.

They say that the eviction is illegal and is being done without any court papers. 

The travellers have been told that this is a common law eviction, but they say it is illegal because there is a building on the land (hidden by foliage) which is permanently occupied.

Bailiffs from GRC arrived on Saturday morning with police also in attendance who have closed off the road

The travellers have been living on the site, which is owned by Wales and West Utilities, for some weeks

Because the land is ancillary to the building, a possession order must be granted by a court before an eviction can take place. 

A spokesperson from Avon and Somerset police said: ‘The primary action is being taken by bailiffs who are carrying out enforcement action on behalf of a private landowner.

‘We’re there to prevent a breach of the peace and deal with any criminal offences. So far one person has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.’

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