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Nadine Dorries
Marston Moretaine - UPDATE
Posted Thursday, 14 September 2017 at 08:30

Following my appeal to Kathryn Holloway, Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and a discussion with Bedfordshire Police yesterday, Beds Police moved swiftly and enacted section 61, moving the travellers from Marston Moretaine playing fields and sports pavilion.

I know this problem has been going on for several months. When travellers were moved on, often they just went elsewhere in the village, sometimes they just moved up the road. When no prompt enforcement action took place, the travellers brought more cars, caravans and people to the village.

Residents’ lives have been made intolerable by a subsequent surge in petty crime. Theft, vandalism and instances of threatening behaviour have increased in the village. Some locals are afraid of leaving their homes unoccupied when they go to work.

Having been moved from the playing fields the travellers have once again moved elsewhere in the village. I’m told they are now on council land and I look forward to working with CBC to make sure that the enforcement powers they have are used swiftly. CBC need to act as promptly as Bedfordshire Police, who were exemplary in the way they executed the removal. 

Sadly, the playing fields that have been nurtured and maintained to a high standard for years have been churned up and destroyed, a huge impact on the leisure facilities of the village. Children's football, cricket and adult leisure are all affected. 

I will again today continue to press those who have the powers to act and will be in the village on Friday to meet with residents and to once again see the damage, litter and destruction for myself.

 
 
 
 
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