As Bailiffs prepare to remove the remaining gypsy families living illegally on Dale Farm in Essex today the defiant travellers have been digging themselves in for a stand off battle against the Council’s eviction notice.
Some of the angry protesters even going as far as to chaining themselves to obstacles behind the barricade.
One woman has chained herself by her neck with a sign that warns: “Danger of death. Behind this gate is a woman attatched by her neck. If you attempt to open this gate you will kill her.”
Police officers have been drafted in from around the country to assist the Basildon Council bailiffs but say that they will only act upon the travellers if there is a threat to public safety.
Last minute talks between Basildon Council and the Dale farm illegal dwellers resulted in the gypsies ordering the officials off the site telling them they were no longer welcome.
“Itâ€™s going to beÂ brutal and itâ€™s going to be bloody.
“We are calling it the Battle of Basildon.
“We will fight off the bailiffs with everything we have. They are not going to get through our defences”, said one threatening anarchist who’s sided with the travellers against the Councils decision to evict them.
Another resident at the farm Mary McCarthy said:
“I donâ€™t intend to go anywhere. Iâ€™m staying here. Iâ€™ve faced constant evictions throughout my life and now Iâ€™m determined to stay put.”
Many gypsy families have already left Dale Farm and have set up their caravans at a neighbouring legal site because they do not want their children involved with the angry face-off today but it’s estimated that at least 200 supporters and travellers remain.
“It would appear that we now have no line of communication to the Dale Farm residents. We are very concerned that tension has increased and it may now make our job of clearing the site in a safe and orderly manner even more difficult”, said Head of Basildon Council Tony Ball.