Tougher stance needed on il­le­gal trav­eller camps

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views -

I wrote last week about­the deep frus­tra­tion and anger res­i­dents feel when il­le­gal en­camp­ments move on and leave mess and dam­age. Not all trav­ellers do this as we have said be­fore. Trav­ellers should be able to set up camp tem­po­rar­ily and not be re­garded with sus­pi­cion and as­sump­tions that dam­age will be done... but the few groups who do such ter­ri­ble dam­age as we have seen in Stan­ground cre­ate that con­cern. For the sake of fum­ing and de­spair­ing res­i­dents and for the sake of mem­bers of the trav­el­ling com­mu­nity who do clear their sites, the au­thor­i­ties must take a tougher stance and bring those who wreak such dam­age to jus­tice be­cause all com­mu­ni­ties are suf­fer­ing as a re­sult of their ac­tions.

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