Dog on the Move

We spoke to Exeter Travellers as they hit again at native ‘abuse’


A big group of travellers who’ve arrived at a well-liked taking part in subject in Exeter declare they’ve been subjected to ‘the worst’ verbal abuse on-line and in individual than they’ve acquired wherever else in a few years. It’s alleged that considered one of their goats had its ear bitten after a neighborhood girl set her canine on it.

Yesterday, June 12, a small group of travellers arrived at Cowick Barton Taking part in Fields and the encampment across the edges of the sector has now grown to round 18 caravans who will not be all identified to one another. Native residents have been discussing the state of affairs on group Fb teams with tensions mounting following racist feedback in the direction of the travellers and branding them ‘youngster snatchers’ and canine thieves.

At present, the travellers have assured they arrive in peace and are being respectful of the native space. Nonetheless, tensions proceed to mount with the police and Exeter Metropolis Council monitoring the state of affairs.

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The council has confirmed its authorized officers have begun the method of evicting the travellers from the location. At the moment, the taking part in subject seems to be clear and tidy with quite a lot of animals being saved securely near the caravans.

One of many first travellers to reach yesterday on the taking part in subject yesterday which hardly ever has travellers camp on it’s 28-year-old Francesca. The mother-of-four stated she and one other traveller household she is with are making their method as much as Jim Walkers Leicester Horse Honest, a giant annual occasion within the traveller group’s calendar.

Traveller James using his pony Lily

Francesa, who’s a lifelong traveller and has been to Exeter earlier than, stated: “It is a beautiful life and it is very, very uncommon to get abuse from folks like this. I’ve not seen something like this in years.

“I’ve been to Devon earlier than and often individuals are beautiful. Since we arrived right here we have had a lot of college youngsters come over and play with the animals. They’ve been beautiful. One boy even requested us for assist to repair his chain because it had come off his bike.

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“We’ve got had no abuse from the youngsters, solely from adults. One of many girls right here was pushed by a woman after she began on her. The police have been right here and have been beautiful.

“It is the primary time we’ve parked on this subject. Some travellers do depart a multitude however not all people is identical which is why I do not perceive why some individuals are being so horrible. I am bagging up our garbage in council garbage baggage and I’ve even been choosing up the garbage of locals as a result of folks will assume we’ve accomplished it.

“Some locations we go folks completely find it irresistible they usually come over for a chat and we give them a tea or espresso. I spoke to a pleasant girl immediately who advised me concerning the feedback on Fb and he or she stated it was unbelievable what was being stated about us. We’re not doing something; they’re those abusing us.

“I want to ask them to go away us alone and simply allow us to be. We’re simply right here for a number of days after which we are going to transfer on to the subsequent place on our option to the truthful.”

Travellers at Cowick Barton Playing Fields

Travellers at Cowick Barton Taking part in Fields

A brief distance from the place Francesa has arrange camp is the Worth household who’ve include their goat and horse, and are on their option to Weymouth in a number of days.

Lola, a mother-of-three, stated: “We’re not animals. We do not rob youngsters and canines. I’ve seen what’s been stated about us and other people marvel why travellers are dangerous to them?

“We’re two completely different teams right here and because it was placed on Fb extra have come so native folks have accomplished it to themselves. We will likely be passed by Thursday or Friday.

“Since we’ve been right here a woman got here as much as me and stated her canine likes to chunk folks it does not like and known as us ‘pungent pikeys’ and stated we should not be right here. She then let her canine off the lead and it bit our goat’s ear so we needed to name the police.

The injured goat

The injured goat

“We do not usually get it as dangerous as this. The varsity children have been beautiful and have been having fun with using and stroking our nephew’s two-year-old pony Lily. It is the adults who’re correct pigs.”

A spokesperson for ECC stated: “Our authorized officers are conscious of the travellers and have began the method we’ve to observe to cope with the state of affairs.”

It’s the second time in every week travellers have been seen within the space. Simply 4 days in the past a gaggle of travellers have been shortly moved on after descending upon the automobile park of B&Q in Exeter. Police have been known as to Avocet Street at Sowton Industrial Property on June 8, when caravans and automobiles began showing exterior the DIY retailer at round 5.30pm.

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