But Surrey Police has been blasted after local force Elmbridge Police suggested residents have sympathy for the travellers on social media, writing ‘imagine how upsetting it would be, being uprooted every few days’.
Imagine how it feels to have a bunch of feral, parasitic criminals descend upon your village – who help themselves to whatever isn’t nailed down, who dig a hole in the village green to tap into the water supply that you are paying for, who use the local area as an open toilet. And who, when they finally deign to depart, leave you with the mess to clear up.
Our local council put ramps around the area they use here to stop vehicles gaining access. Good. Travellers may choose to travel. It does not confer any duty on our part to enable them or to provide them with free accommodation – not least given the increase in crime and their disgusting mess. And, no, I do not feel any empathy. I do feel empathy for the local residents who are having to endure their presence.
If we evidence a criminal damage then we would act. But can’t usually. You say upsetting to endure, consider for a second, how upsetting it would be, being uprooted every few days. That’s why we always act in the best interests of all parties with proportionality and legality.
Okay. Fair enough.
They plumbed into the cricket pitch water supply and created a giant puddle of mud on the once immaculate sports field and parked caravans and vehicles around the perimeter.
I believe this is what’s known as theft and criminal damage. Unless they have generously agreed to pay towards the water supply and have consent from the cricket club to dig up the pitch?
The police are warning us to lock everything up as they’ve had reports of an increase in bike thefts.
Selva Kumar, who runs a local convenience store, told MailOnline he was planning to close his shop early after being targeted for shoplifting by traveller children.
‘They’ve come in several times as a gang and while some buy stuff, others steal stock like chocolate from the shelves. I’ve got no idea how much they’ve taken.