Gipsy Sites

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:43 pm on 10th July 1990.

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Photo of Mr Hugh Rossi Mr Hugh Rossi , Hornsey and Wood Green 7:43 pm, 10th July 1990

I shall not give way as we want to end this debate fairly quickly.

Yesterday, I received a telephone call from a constituent who said that, at 6 pm the day before, gipsies had settled on the field behind Tetherdown Primary School in Woodside Avenue. The field is used by the children from the school but is owned by a charity called The Central Foundation. That night, two caravans appeared, after the padlock had been cut. The police asked the people to leave, but they refused to do so. By the morning, there were 20 caravans and by the evening, there were 30. I have ascertained that that remains the position. A house nearby had been broken into so that water could be obtained. Children from the site are breaking into the school. The children in the primary school are terrified. Several large dogs are roaming in the field where the gipsies are now encamped. What will my hon. Friend do about that, and what advice does he ask me to give my constituents who face that problem?