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Council launches Gypsy booklet
Travellers at a camp
The spokesman said Gypsies were 'misunderstood'
A city council is releasing a booklet to promote better relations between the public and Gypsies and travellers.

Bristol City Council will launch a booklet called Gypsies and Travellers: Frequently asked questions, the myths and the facts, on Tuesday.

A spokesman said: "Gypsies and travellers contribute to society through involvement in many spheres.

"Yet they are amongst the most misunderstood groups and still face prejudice and discrimination."

Anne Crocker, Gypsy and Traveller spokeswoman, added: "Speaking from personal experience of discrimination and hostility from the public, it makes you feel isolated from the community."

John Kiely of the council said: "No travellers signs, are still commonplace in pubs and shops and there are many myths about them in the media."

The guide is to be launched at the Lord Mayor's Reception Room in the Council House.


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