TWO hundred Meriden protesters have signed a petition condemning alleged anti-social behaviour at the Eaves Green Lane gypsy site.
Presented to Solihull Council by David McGrath, chairman of Meriden RAID, the petition accuses travellers of using ‘sexually abusive language to female senior citizens’ and speeding down the lane, ‘deliberately veering towards pedestrians’.
“All of these activities have been recorded and statements given to the police,” said Mr McGrath. “It is intolerable to the community and it should be to the police and council too.”
The petition also calls upon the authorities to fight against ‘dangerous and abusive behaviour’ by activating the police CCTV camera in the lane.
Mr McGrath believes the alleged offences had been born out of frustration, “given that the gypsies have lost 12 out of 12 legal and planning decisions. I also believe they were designed to intimidate protesters and dissuade them from their firm stand against desecration of the countryside.”
The petition was presented at the June 6 cabinet meeting.