24th May, 2019

Injunction filed against travelling family's unauthorised camps in Solihull

Sarah Mason 2nd Mar, 2018

AN INJUNCTION banning a travelling family from setting up unauthorised camps across Solihull has been handed to the High Court for approval.

Solihull Council has applied to the courts to stop 14 members of the Cassidy family from eneering or occupying 37 sites across the borough including Tudor Grange Park, Knowle Park and Palmers Rough Receation Ground.

The application has been supported by West Midlands Police with a statement from Inspector Emma Thompson.

The family have set up a number of unauthorised encampments across Solihull since 2014 including Dorridge Park in May last year, Hall Road and on the grounds of North Solihull Sports Centre in September.

In the court documents the council reported the Cassidy family have allegedly fly-tipped, verbally abused and have broke locks, barriers and fences to gain access to sites.

If granted, the injunction will prohibit the named individuals, either by themselves or by instructing or encouraging or permitting others, from:

*Engaging in conduct causing or likely to cause a nuisance or annoyance to any person within Solihull;

*Removing or damaging any padlock, lock, bolt or other means of securing any location within Solihull;

*Entering with a view to setting up an encampment on any of the 37 sites;

*Entering or occupying any of the identified sites for residential purposes, whether temporary or otherwise, including occupying the land with caravans, mobile homes, or other residential structures;

*Entering or occupying any of the sites;

*Depositing, leaving or dumping any rubbish, building materials, waste products or other refuse anywhere in Solihull except in a receptacle designed for waste disposal.

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