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Last Updated: Friday, 29 April, 2005, 11:36 GMT 12:36 UK
Bishop backs evicted travellers
Travellers In Pershore
The Gypsies moved from Abbey Fields earlier this week
The Bishop of Worcester has voted in support of a group of Gypsies who have set up camp within a few yards of Wychavon District Council's offices.

About 10 families moved to the Civic Centre car park on Station Road in Pershore on Tuesday.

They are protesting about being evicted from their own land in Eckington.

The Rt Rev Dr Peter Selby and the Bishop's Council of Clergy voted on Thursday to urge the council to "recognise the needs of minorities".

The vote, in which lay representatives from across the diocese took part, also asked the council to consider the special needs of the children involved.

Planning permission

The travellers say their eviction from the Eckington site has put 14 children out of school.

The group moved to the car park after spending a short period of time at Abbey Fields in Pershore.

Wychavon District Council has launched legal proceedings to recover possession of the car park.

The authority previously invoked a legal process which saw the Gypsies evicted for developing the site in Eckington without planning permission.

Ian Marshall, head of legal services at the council, has said that "extensive provision" has been made for gypsies over the years.

"The problem we have with these families is that, in the main, they do not have a connection with Worcestershire and have migrated into this area from the south," he said.

The Gypsies dispute the claim. They want to be allowed to return to the Eckington site until an appeal against the court injunction ordering them to leave is heard in September.

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