Essex

Dale Farm protesters face bailiff obstruction charges

Sixteen people could face prosecution for obstructing a bailiff during the clearance of the UK's largest illegal travellers' site in Essex.

Bailiffs moved in to clear 51 unauthorised travellers' plots at Dale Farm, near Basildon, on 19 October.

Essex Police said they have passed 16 cases to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for consideration.

The eight men and eight women have been on bail since their arrest. A further 16 people are due to answer bail later.

A total of 39 people were arrested during the clearance.

The protest group Dale Farm Solidarity said more than 30 supporters had rejected police cautions.

In a statement, the group said: "We stand by our decision to attempt to prevent the brutal forced eviction that took place.

"We believe that the eviction was unjust and therefore our actions were justified; we cannot accept 'guilt' for standing side by side with the Dale Farm community."

The protesters involved in the cases come from Cambridge, Leicester, London, Hereford, Surrey, Kent, Sheffield, Leeds and Bristol.

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