UK - Dale Farm eviction - Virgin Mary statue at the entrance to one home
Virgin Mary statue at the entrance to one home. Travellers at Dale Farm site prior to eviction. Riot police and bailiffs were present on 20th October 2011, as the site was cleared of the last protesters chained to barricades. Dale Farm is part of a Romany Gypsy and Irish Traveller site in Crays Hill, Essex, UK
Dale Farm housed over 1,000 people, the largest Traveller concentration in the UK. The whole of the site is owned by residents and is located within the Green Belt. It is in two parts: in one, residents constructed buildings with planning permission to do so; in the other, residents were refused planning permission due to the green belt policy, and built on the site anyway.