Council enforces Order of the High Court to move on illegal encampment

Published: 11 June 2018

Redbridge Council has enforced an order of the High Court removing an illegal encampment in Hainault today.

The council successfully obtained a High Court interim injunction stopping unlawful camps across the borough last week.

The council enforced the order this morning against the illegal encampment at Hainault Forest Country Park.

Seven caravans and eight vehicles, including a tipper truck, were served the injunction to leave the site at 12noon and moved on at 2pm.

The interim injunction protects parks, open spaces, school grounds and industrial estates in the borough – covering 235 sites in total.

Anyone breaching the interim injunction by refusing to move on may be held in contempt of Court and may be imprisoned, fined or have their assets seized.

Leader of the Council Cllr Jas Athwal said: “This is precisely why we were determined to secure the interim injunction.  Once the order was served we were able to quickly move on the people that had set up an illegal encampment.  These illegal encampments are a serious problem and have cost hundreds of thousands of pounds to clear up because of fly-tipping and other anti-social behaviour.  Working with the police, we will continue to enforce the injunction to maximum effect to put a stop to this unlawful behaviour and the huge disruption it causes.” 

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