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Friday, 24 May, 2002, 15:31 GMT 16:31 UK
Eton begins eviction battle
Eton College
Travellers are camped on a field belonging to Eton
Eton College has submitted papers to a county court in an effort to evict more than 100 travellers from its land.

The famous public school said its lawyers have asked Slough County Court to grant a possession order for the rough field.

The travellers' encampment, which includes cars, caravans and several dogs, took over the pasture fields at the famous public school on Tuesday.

But the travellers themselves say they will stay until police and bailiffs come to move them.

Moved on

On Thursday, Thames Valley Police said that if they did not leave within a "reasonable time", they could be arrested under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.

Detective Inspector John Ramsbottom said: "We have dozens of traveller encampments in the Thames Valley.

"We move them on and they move around and resettle. This is probably one that has been moved and has resettled at the school."

Vehicles belonging to the travellers are said to have churned up the grass, leaving patches of mud over the field, which is 200 yards away from the nearest Eton building.

One of the travellers, Garry Biggrade said they would stay.

"Everyone here just wants a bit of peace and quiet," he said.

"We've been moved from pillar to post."


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