British farmer Chris Awdry wasn’t very happy when he found freeloading gypsies on the land that he rents. When he confronted them, they said they weren’t going anywhere.
‘They went in and they were ruining the land and we wanted them out. The owner of the land didn’t want them there and we did what we could to protect the land,” Awrdry said, “I had asked them nicely to leave but they said they wouldn’t and that I would have to get a court order to move them on.”
Police said they wouldn’t get involved as it was a civil matter at that point, so Awdry got creative and came up with a plan of his own.
He barricaded the freeloaders in by surrounding them with his farm equipment. At that point, the police decided to tell the gypsies they had to go. When Awdry barricaded them in, the police informed the gypsies they were violating Section 61 of the Public Order Act. The Act is invoked when 2 or more people are trespassing and the owner has taken reasonable steps to get them to leave.
Within three hours the issue was resolved. Typically barricading people in doesn’t get them to leave, but it worked in this situation.
Sadly, this isn’t the first situation of its kind. As you can see in the video below, a group of villagers did something similar with some freeloaders. When 11 caravans descended on the green in Nepcote, West Sussex, villagers prevented the majority of them from parking by blocking the only entrance.
How would you handle people attempting to take over your property? Please share your thoughts.
H/T: Daily Mail