London,
11
March
2014
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15:54
Europe/London

Update: Travellers on Hackney Marshes

A group of travellers who were living on Mabley Green have moved on to Hackney Marshes.

Cllr Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Hackney Council
We are working with the police to resolve the situation. We are determined to protect our parks and open spaces for the enjoyment of all residents. If the group do not move on we will go to court to seek an injunction requiring them to do so
Cllr Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Hackney Council

The Council with police today (11 March) have made contact with an unauthorised encampment by the river on the South Marsh, in order to establish the occupants’ identity and to fulfil our legal duty to asses the welfare and educational needs of those there.

It is believed they are the same group who arrived on Mabley Green at around 4.45pm on Friday 7 March, who are thought to be the people who occupied a nearby area in December. This meant they were violating a court order obtained against them by the Council, and they were served with a letter warning them that they are committing a criminal offence which carries a £1,000 fine.

The Council instructed bailiffs but they moved on to Hackney Marshes before action was taken. The Council is now considering its next steps. If the travellers refuse to leave voluntarily, the Council will seek a court injunction requiring them to leave.