UK - Dale Farm eviction - Travellers and protesters final days on their site
Mary McCarthy laughing in defiance at the situation 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.
Senior resident Kathleen McCarthy said she now wished to leave, once obstacles are removed, and the majority of residents are expected to join her. Most plan to relocate to Oak Road, on the neighbouring legal site.
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.