|Posted by Stephen Newton on May 13, 2015 at 12:10 PM|
Update 4 May 2015
One or our residents, Stephen Newton, represented the NAG at a meeting with other NAG chairs
and the Thames Valley Chief Constable, Rob Frances.
The issue of Blagrove Lane was raised at this meeting and it is worth noting the following points:
- The presence of the travellers and occupation of the field is a Civil dispute not a criminal
one. Even in light of the injunction, it's still a civil matter. The Police therefore have no
powers to move them on.
- The police stand ready to react to any criminal activity by any party or parties. It was again
confirmed that the Police have increased the patrols and presence in the lane to help
support the neighbourhood and to have a strong visible presence
- The reported incident of a Police Woman being harassed and requiring backup when the
travellers arrived is unsubstantiated. The Chief Constable Rob Frances has personally looked
into this and spoken to everyone and checked logs. No officer reports any incident and there
is no log of a call for backup.
Our thanks to Stephen for this update and please continue to take the usual precautions to keep
both yourself and your property safe.
John Walker Ken Rowlands
Chairman EARA Chairman NAG