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Courts finally take hard line on travellers as man who began building illegally on green belt land is jailed


By Andrew Levy

Last updated at 12:30 AM on 7th October 2011


A traveller who moved on to Green Belt land over a Bank Holiday and developed it was jailed by a High Court judge.
Within hours of Thomas Cash being sent to prison, the three caravans he and his family were living in had been removed from the land.

The case is in marked contrast to the fiasco at Dale Farm in Essex, where hundreds of travellers have lived on illegally developed Green Belt land for ten years.
Jailed: Thomas Cash was jailed for laying concrete on green field land (pictured)

Last night homeowners living near the site at Birch Green in Hertfordshire described it as a rare victory for common sense.

Cash, 29, and his family bought a field in the hamlet and arrived there on the afternoon of Friday, August 26. It was the start of a Bank Holiday weekend and the travellers were relying on the fact that councils rarely take action until staff return to work the following Tuesday.

But on the Saturday officers from East Herts District Council approached a High Court judge, Kenneth Parker QC, who granted an injunction banning building.

The travellers ignored the order and continued laying hardstandings and putting up fences.

But on Monday, Cash was ordered to appear before another High Court judge, Richard Seymour QC, and was jailed for four months for what the judge described as ‘a very bad case’ of contempt of court.

By 7pm on Monday, the three caravans had been removed. Cash has now been released following a further appearance before the judge yesterday where he confirmed he would comply with the injunction.


High Court: East Herts District Council got a speedy injunction to make sure the cash family stopped building -they didn't listen

He agreed to remove 50 per cent of the hardcore he had laid and all the fences and panels.
His 28-year-old wife Margaret, brother Myls, and sister-in-law Mary were also found to be in contempt of court. All four are due to appear before the judge on October 17 but it is understood no further action will be taken as long as they have followed the terms of yesterday’s agreement.

One of the caravans was parked 100 yards from the field next to Birch Green’s war memorial yesterday. But the occupant was understood to be at a hospital with her children and was given 24 hours to move on.

Joan Doughty, 81, who lives in Birch Green, said: ‘I’ve got nothing against them and they’ve got to live somewhere. But they’ve broken the laws and the council have acted, so it is a victory for common sense.’

At last! Courts finally take hard line on travellers as man who began building illegally on green belt land is jailed | Mail Online
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#3
That's more fuckin' like it. In an ideal world there'd have been more pitch-capping, but still a definite step in the right direction.
 
#4
Considering how vital Councils are always trumpeting their work to be, it's surprising more of them don't trouble to have a few staff working weekends and bank holidays.
 
#6
If you read it properly he was only jailed for a day or so, as soon as he moved his caravan he was released. Hardly what I would call punishment for contempt of court.
 
#7
If you read it properly he was only jailed for a day or so, as soon as he moved his caravan he was released. Hardly what I would call punishment for contempt of court.
Maybe, but it got rid of the feckers without the need for anyone to wait ten years and spend tens of millions doing it. Compared to that, the cost of having a couple of bods doing shifts over the weekend is pretty insubstantial.
 
#8
Perhaps this is a sign of funding cuts? East Herts have just saved themselves millions of pounds of tax payers' money by acting quickly. They don't have a Government that shows more empathy with the Travellers than they do with the residents or who take a cavalier attitude to the Green Belt.
 
#9
No doubt they will be making their way south to Brighton - the Green dominated council has expressed its support for 'The Travelling Community' and unofficial sites have started to spring up all over the place as well as their usual haunts of local parks and any empty office block with an unattended car park.
 
#10
I grew up in Hertfordshire and the Cash's are an infamous local Irish pikey scum family, so it's good to hear they're getting what's deserved, albeit only a samll victory

The little Cash Jnr's used to go into the independant shops in town (Hemel Hempstead) and offer to fight the manager in exchange for clothes/toys etc. When they were told to piss off, they used to hang around outside at closing time and intiidate the staff. Eventually the shop owners gave up and gave stuff away to these theiving cnuts just to get them to **** off.
 
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#12
So whats this bit all about then?

"He agreed to remove 50 per cent of the hardcore he had laid "

Why only half? Any money that next year it will be used as a base for an argument that they have been settled on the site so they shouldn't be moved on again.
 
#13
If you read it properly he was only jailed for a day or so, as soon as he moved his caravan he was released. Hardly what I would call punishment for contempt of court.
It achieved the desired effect; pikeys, caravans and concrete gone, if they come back they know they will be arrested and banged up because it is a criminal offence and not something where Mr Plod can wibble about it being a "civil matter". Mission accomplished; there's little point in keeping Mr. Pikey banged up at the taxpayers' expense once that has been achieved.

The £8,000,000 question is why Basildon council didn't go down the same route many years ago.
 

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Let me take a wild guess, this is a Tory council? Nice to see them showing the same concern for the underpriveliged as they did last time in office
 

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