Caravan families, refusing to be evicted from an illegal site, at Egham, Surrey, chased October 15 bailiffs trying to enforce the law, then barred entrance to the site with an overturned car.
C.U. DOWNING STREET AND PLAQUE.
L.S. THREE MEMBERS OF THE DELEGATION LEAVE NO. 10.
C.U. LEADER OF THE DEPUTATION.
L.S. DEPUTATION WALK PAST CAMERA AND AWAY.
CROWD OUTSIDE CARAVAN.
MEN AWAITING BAILIFFS.
MAN TALKS TO BAILIFFS.
CROWD SURGES FORWARD.
BAILIFF WALKING AWAY.
SOF... PUSHING CAR OVER TO BLOCK ENTRANCE.
MAN TALKING TO CROWD FROM CARAVAN DOOR.
DITTO.... THE BAILIFFS COMING BACK.
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Background: Caravan families, refusing to be evicted from an illegal site, at Egham, Surrey, chased October 15 bailiffs trying to enforce the law, then barred entrance to the site with an overturned car.
The tussle was the latest round in a long cold war between the families, county council and county court.
The council recently gave notice of eviction, then the court, eyeing housing problems, extended the notice until yesterday.
Angry caravanners surged at the bowler-hatted black-suited bailiffs when they arrived. Sixty-seven families including the menfolk - none of whom went to work that day - jeered, shouted "Get out".
The bailiffs, getting out, agreed to delay taking action while a deputation from the caravanners went to Downing Street, official residence of the Prime Minister, then to the Ministry of Housing - without success. The families refused still to move.
The county council had made emergency arrangements to house the families - they included 120 children and 18 expectant mothers - at a local literary institute for two days. After that they would have to live in disused army huts.