Travelers set up illegal camp in new Essex housing estate


Travelers ‘with an army of dogs’ barking all night have set up an illegal camp on the newly built estate of Essex, leaving residents ‘scared’ to leave their £ 700,000 homes

  • Travelers set up illegal camp in new 13-acre housing estate in Essex
  • Residents were horrified when the group pitched four trailers in Colchester
  • The group “dumped a lot of garbage since it was bagged after a police visit”
  • An angry resident said: “They have total contempt for anyone else”










Angry owners in Essex have slammed travelers for setting up an illegal camp outside their £ 700,000 homes.

On Friday, the group set up four trailers on the perimeter of the 150-house, 13-acre Gosbecks Farm estate in Colchester.

Horrified residents say the travelers’ “army of dogs” constantly bark and their trailers often block sidewalks.

One owner raged: “They have a total disregard for anyone and none of us felt happy to leave our homes unattended.

“They’ve been making hell all weekend and they have an army of dogs barking all day and all night right outside my four year old’s bedroom.

Angry Essex homeowners slammed travelers for setting up illegal camp outside their £ 700,000 homes

On Friday, the group set up four trailers on the perimeter of the 150-house, 13-acre Gosbecks Farm estate in Colchester.

On Friday, the group set up four trailers on the perimeter of the 150-house, 13-acre Gosbecks Farm estate in Colchester.

“But we all brought neighbors together and, at the very least, it brought out the spirit of community.”

It is understood that the group stopped there after leaving the parking lot of an old Chiquito restaurant in the area.

They are also believed to be in possession of two junk cars which they continue to run and dump a pile of trash, which has since been bagged after a police visit, local media reported.

A spokesperson for Colchester council said the authority was aware of the “unauthorized encampment” and was taking action to move it forward, but admitted the process could take up to ten days.

Horrified local residents say travelers' dogs constantly bark and their trailers often block sidewalks

Horrified local residents say travelers’ dogs constantly bark and their trailers often block sidewalks

An owner raged:

One owner raged: “They have a total disregard for anyone else and none of us felt happy to leave our homes unattended”

“We have notified the Essex County Travelers Unit, which will be visiting the site within 24 hours to carry out the first welfare checks,” the spokesperson said.

“If there are no immediate concerns, travelers will be asked to leave the site. If travelers do not leave the site, we will have to go through the courts to ensure their removal.

“If we have to seek a court ruling, the process will take between seven and ten days.”

MailOnline has contacted police for comment.

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