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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

Shadowbrook Lane

Gypsies given a year to leave camp site

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman has thrown her support behind the council’s decision while Coun Bob Sleigh (Con, Bickenhill) said it was “the first step” towards restoring the land

Shadowbrook Lane

Fresh public inquiry into Meriden gypsy battle

A public inquiry has been held which could see a group of gypsies return to greenbelt land in 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

Meriden man admits criminal damage to former home of estranged father

A MERIDEN man has been ordered to pay £646 compensation after pleading guilty to damaging the door of his estranged father’s former home.

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.

CONTROVERSIAL plans by the Meriden travellers to move their illegal site to agricultural land next door, are being recommended for refusal.

The Gypsies had signed an agreement with Solihull Council to leave their Eaves Green Lane site by next March.

Local man found with knife at Birmingham Airport

A GROUP of residents who set up camp after travellers moved on to greenbelt land marked 900 days of protest this week.

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.

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

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

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.

Fears grow over Meriden accident hotspot

MERIDEN residents have renewed calls for traffic calming measures to be installed in Eaves Green Lane, following another collision on Saturday.

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
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
Multimedia Journalist
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