Essex

Dale Farm protester urinated on police officer from gantry

We won't go sign
Image caption The travellers' message in the face of eviction was put up on the gantry at the entrance to the settlement

A protester at the illegal part of the Dale Farm travellers' site in Essex has been ordered to do 160 hours of unpaid work for urinating on a police officer.

Robert Mack, 24, who lives in student accommodation in Southwark, south east London, admitted assault by battery of a police constable.

Mack urinated on the officer from a gantry put up by protesters.

Southend magistrates also ordered Mack to pay £450 in court costs and £200 compensation.

Aiden Duffield, 29, of Monteagle Way, east London, admitted a public order offence and was ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work and pay £450 costs at the hearing on Monday.

Both men urinated from the gantry at Dale Farm on the morning of 19 October, said Essex Police.

'Electricity restored'

A police spokesman said: "Urine from Mack hit a police constable."

The clearance of Dale Farm in October and November followed a decade-long row over unauthorised plots on the six-acre travellers' site, near Basildon.

Basildon Council has announced that enforcement notices have been served on three pitches at the former Dale Farm site, where unoccupied caravans and buildings still breach planning regulations.

The enforcement notices were posted at the pitches by council officers earlier and cover the stationing of portable structures on two of the pitches and will enable the removal of a small derelict building on the other.

Tony Ball, leader of the Conservative-controlled council, said: "Now that electricity has been restored to the pitches in accordance with the court order, we have served enforcement notices to tie up the remaining loose ends on the Dale Farm site.

"We will then be focusing our attention on the occupiers of caravans stationed along the track leading to Dale Farm and those on the lawful Oak Lane site, who are in breach of planning conditions."

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