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Audio slideshow: Gypsy family woe

A family of Romany Gypsies who have settled on land in Martock have been ordered by the High Court to leave.

Here Arthur Hughes talks of his family's anguish at having to leave the site they've called home.


The Hughes family own the land and have lived there for seven years but were refused retrospective planning permission after it was ruled the land was vulnerable to flooding.

South Somerset District Council has not been able to find the family new land to settle on as both gypsy sites in the area are full. The family say they have no choice but to move onto the road.

The government's Children Commissioner and the Children's Society Charity have both spoken out, accusing the council of victimisation, harassment and bullying.

Deputy leader for the council, Ric Pallister, said although the council has been given £300k from central government to find a new site for gypsies, it is proving difficult to find suitable land.




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