The Big Gypsy Eviction

25th July 2011 | BBC1

Dale Farm in Essex is the largest Travellers’ site in Europe. For ten years, fifty families have illegally occupied green belt land they own, but are not supposed to live on. For ten years, the local council has been trying to evict them, but only now – after a bitter campaign that has gone all the way to the House of Lords – is the climax to this battle in sight. A twenty-eight day notice to quit has been issued: either the Travellers move out peacefully, or an army of bailiffs and police will move in. Almost 10 million pounds have been set aside to fund the eviction.

For six years, film-maker Richard Parry has been filming all sides in this conflict. This is the story of an epic dispute as it reaches a dramatic climax.