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TAMWORTH SUCCEEDS IN INJUNCTION AGAINST TRAVELLER

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Tamworth BC is believed to have become the first local authority in the country to succeed in a bid to ban a travel...
Tamworth BC is believed to have become the first local authority in the country to succeed in a bid to ban a traveller from its area, reported The Birmingham Post (24 June, p5).

An interim three-month injunction was granted by a judge against Josephine Doherty, which means she will not be allowed to live in a caravan, mobile home, tent or any other form of temporary accommodation on private or public land in the borough unless permission is granted by the landowner.

In giving his judgment, Alistair Macduff QC said Mrs Doherty had consistently refused to move when requested and only moved on after a court order was made against her. In some instances, he said, she moved back to the same piece of land in breach of a three-month ban.

Mrs Doherty had attempted to 'beat the system' bt regularly committing the same offence, he said.

Mrs Doherty had already appeared before magistrates last week after defying an order made by them. She admitted moving her caravan back on to a piece of land before the expiry of a ban. She was fined£750. She was also ordered to pay£500 towards clean-up costs and£200 court costs.

After the hearing Charles Lorton, solicitor for the council, said: 'There seems to be no legal precedent for such an order prior to this. We are unware of other councils having taken this action.

'The likelihood is that other councils will look at this and try to do the same thing.'

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