Police appealing for witnesses after travellers ‘force their way onto Kinson Common’

Did you see travellers ‘force their way on to Kinson Common?’

The travellers on the common

Councillor Ron Whittaker

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

Police are appealing for witnesses after travellers allegedly forced their way on to Kinson Common on Tuesday evening.

It comes as one of the councillors for the area questioned why such offences seemed to go unpunished.

But Dorset Police said that alleged law-breaking such as vandalism were investigated in the same way as any other case.

Kinson councillor, Dennis Gritt, right, told the Daily Echo: “It’s an act of vandalism, what they did to the gates, and I can’t understand why people cannot be prosecuted in that situation.”

He said, although it was the first traveller incursion on the common in around 10 years, he was also frustrated that little progress had been made on a solution to the issue in decades.

Fellow councillor, Ron Whittaker, who represents Throop and Muscliff and lives near the common, said he was equally frustrated – in this instance by the fact that the first available court date to seek eviction of the group that could be secured by the council was Wednesday, July 23.

Cllr Whittaker, right, said that it appeared that the common’s protected status counted for nothing.

Chief Inspector Mike Claxton said: “When policing unauthorised encampments (UAEs) Dorset Police applies the law in the same way to both UAEs and the settled community. Crime and antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated.”

Police confirmed that the council had reported the damage to the gate and it was being investigated.

A spokesman said it had been reported that the metal gate had been forced open – there was a failed attempt to cut a titanium padlock before casing around it was broken.

Any witnesses should call police on 101, quoting reference 15:407.

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11:35am Mon 21 Jul 14

TheDistrict says...

What a load of rubbish. What is being said here is that if I was to take my caravan and park it on a piece of common land, whether I made entry normally or through force, I could stay there free of charge for upto 10 days, with a possible fine to the value of the lock broken to gain entry. That is still more than the TRAVELLERS would get, but I would have a free holiday. Did you know it costs over 55 quid for a 2 night stay at local camp sites.
What a load of rubbish. What is being said here is that if I was to take my caravan and park it on a piece of common land, whether I made entry normally or through force, I could stay there free of charge for upto 10 days, with a possible fine to the value of the lock broken to gain entry. That is still more than the TRAVELLERS would get, but I would have a free holiday. Did you know it costs over 55 quid for a 2 night stay at local camp sites. TheDistrict
  • Score: 8

12:01pm Mon 21 Jul 14

djd says...

Are they still there. Drove up Poole Lane on Saturday and I thought they had gone. Maybe just wishful thinking.
Are they still there. Drove up Poole Lane on Saturday and I thought they had gone. Maybe just wishful thinking. djd
  • Score: 2

12:08pm Mon 21 Jul 14

bourne free says...

djd wrote:
Are they still there. Drove up Poole Lane on Saturday and I thought they had gone. Maybe just wishful thinking.
they have left now , Echo reporters have a issue with reporting upto date news !
[quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: Are they still there. Drove up Poole Lane on Saturday and I thought they had gone. Maybe just wishful thinking.[/p][/quote]they have left now , Echo reporters have a issue with reporting upto date news ! bourne free
  • Score: 10

1:13pm Mon 21 Jul 14

FriendsofKC says...

The Police were shown photographs taken of all the vehicles by a witness !!
The Police were shown photographs taken of all the vehicles by a witness !! FriendsofKC
  • Score: 6

3:14pm Mon 21 Jul 14

FriendsofKC says...

FriendsofKC wrote:
The Police were shown photographs taken of all the vehicles by a witness !!
Including a van arriving on an AA breakdown trailer which promptly drove off the trailer into the meadow!!
Would be nice to see more Police patrols on the Common though!
[quote][p][bold]FriendsofKC[/bold] wrote: The Police were shown photographs taken of all the vehicles by a witness !![/p][/quote]Including a van arriving on an AA breakdown trailer which promptly drove off the trailer into the meadow!! Would be nice to see more Police patrols on the Common though! FriendsofKC
  • Score: 3

8:09pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Peroni says...

The police have themselves stood by and watched ' travellers' cut of locks at Baiter in years gone by, they allso told the public to allow them entry onto Branksome rec ,after they pulled off the barrier..........
So what a load of bull !
These 'travellers ' are not treated the same as the general public !
It needs to be addressed !!!
And the police need to grow some !!!!
The police have themselves stood by and watched ' travellers' cut of locks at Baiter in years gone by, they allso told the public to allow them entry onto Branksome rec ,after they pulled off the barrier.......... So what a load of bull ! These 'travellers ' are not treated the same as the general public ! It needs to be addressed !!! And the police need to grow some !!!! Peroni
  • Score: 4

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