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One year on - peace reigns on Meriden's battlefields

It was the three-year stand-off that shattered the peace of the Midland countryside. Twelve months after the saga ended, Esh Capelo looks back on the battle between travellers and villagers at Meriden

Travellers site on Eaves Green Lane, Meriden

Gyspies leave illegal Meriden camp after three year battle

Villagers are celebrating after the last gypsy family left a camp in the Meriden greenbelt after losing a three-year battle

Gypsies granted stay of execution

TRAVELLERS camped in the Meriden greenbelt have been given three extra weeks to leave the land due to bad weather.

David McGrath chairman of Meriden RAID

Meriden gypsies lose latest planning application battle

Time is running out for gypsies camped in the Meriden greenbelt with a last-ditch planning application, seeking permission for two pitches, thrown out by councillors last week

Latest gypsy appeal thrown out by Lord Leveson

THE latest appeal by the Meriden gypsies to stay at the illegal Eaves Green Lane camp, has been thrown out.

Gypsy protestors brave weather as they see in the New Year at their 24-hour protest camp

MERIDEN gypsy protesters braved the bad weather to ring in the changes at their camp on Monday, as their 24-hour vigil approaches a thousand days.

Toxic waste dumped outside Meriden protestors camp\n

PROTESTERS against an illegal travellers site in Meriden woke to find toxic waste had been dumped by their camp last week.

Meriden gypsy camp protesters rejoice at planning ruling

A FRESH application to develop green belt land just yards from a gypsy site has been thrown out by borough councillors.

Meriden villagers take their fight on planning laws to Parliament

A GROUP of Meriden villagers descended on the Houses of Parliament to demand the Government reforms its planning rules.

Protest camp against Meriden gypsies is vandalised

POLICE are investigating after a protest camp against the Meriden travellers was vandalised in a late night attack.

MERIDEN protesters have welcomed the council’s decision to block travellers from setting up a builder’s yard next to their camp.

A planning application was lodged to change the field next to the Eaves Green Lane gypsy camp, from its official agricultural listing to a commercial builders yard.

PROTESTERS have accused travellers of using Dale Farm’s ‘book of tricks’ after Solihull Council received a planning application to move their illegal camp three feet.

Drawing comparisons with the infamous legal battle in Essex - which was drawn out over many years - residents slammed plans to move the eight gypsy caravans from the Eaves Green Road camp onto land next door, owned by traveller leader Noah Burton.

Seriously ill Meriden resident is 'not scared' to go jail for right to protest against gypsies

A DESPERATELY ill pensioner says he’s willing to go to jail to defend his right to protest againt the Meriden gypsy camp.

Villagers 'prepared to go to jail' over Meriden traveller camp

“WE’RE prepared to go to jail over this.”

Shortlist Tory candidate Tildesley discovers this week if he has clinched Commissioner job

SOLIHULL’S Joe Tildesley has admitted he is not confident of securing the vote as Tory candidate for West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.

A SOLIHULL candidate for the elected role of police commissioner says she will look to the private sector to free up time and money for ‘proper coppers’.

Knowle Councillor Diana Holl-Allen, vice chair of the Police Authority, is the fourth to throw her hat into the ring to become Conservative candidate for the role, with the power to set policing and crime priorities, allocate budgets and hire and fire the Chief Constable.

Meriden protestors petition against travellers' alleged anti-social behaviour

TWO hundred Meriden protesters have signed a petition condemning alleged anti-social behaviour at the Eaves Green Lane gypsy site.

Gypsy appeal rejected for being too late

TRAVELLERS at an illegal camp in Meriden have had their latest plea to stay thrown out by the Court of Appeal.

Council under fire as Meriden gypsies launch further appeal

PROTESTERS have accused Solihull Council leaders of being “naive” after travellers lodged a further appeal to stay in Meriden.

Meriden protestors appeal to stay rejected

MERIDEN villagers have pledged to continue their protest camp in Eaves Green Lane, despite being told to pack up and leave.


Cathrina Hulse
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