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Travellers refuse to leave their 12-caravan camp on west London’s posh Kew Green

A tense stand-off between travellers who set up camp in an affluent west London park and security guards continued on Sunday, despite authorities demanding they leave in an angry confrontation.   

Richmond Council is taking legal action against the group after they parked up a number of caravans on Kew Green, in Richmond, on Thursday evening.

The travellers, who had around 12 caravans and other vehicles with them, refused to leave the picturesque green when asked to move on Friday. 

The group remained there on Sunday, milling around the area and listening to music.  

Houses surrounding the green, which is just an eight-minute walk from popular attraction Kew Gardens, are valued at an average of £2million.

A tense stand-off between travellers who set up camp in an affluent west London park and security guards continued on Sunday, despite authorities demanding they leave in an angry confrontation

A local is pictured talking to police officers amid a tense stand-off between the travellers and law enforcement on Kew Green

A local is pictured talking to police officers amid a tense stand-off between the travellers and law enforcement on Kew Green

The travellers, who had around 12 caravans and other vehicles with them, refused to leave the picturesque green when asked to move on Friday

The travellers, who had around 12 caravans and other vehicles with them, refused to leave the picturesque green when asked to move on Friday

Richmond Council is taking legal action against the group after they parked up a number of caravans on Kew Green, in Richmond, on Thursday evening

Richmond Council is taking legal action against the group after they parked up a number of caravans on Kew Green, in Richmond, on Thursday evening

A tense stand-off between travellers who set up camp in an affluent west London park and security guards continued on Sunday, despite authorities demanding they leave in an angry confrontation

A tense stand-off between travellers who set up camp in an affluent west London park and security guards continued on Sunday, despite authorities demanding they leave in an angry confrontation

The travellers, who had around 12 caravans and other vehicles with them, refused to leave the picturesque green when asked to move on Friday

The travellers, who had around 12 caravans and other vehicles with them, refused to leave the picturesque green when asked to move on Friday

While council representatives warned the legal action may take a while and result in a delay in moving the camp out of the area, officers were seen at the site today

While council representatives warned the legal action may take a while and result in a delay in moving the camp out of the area, officers were seen at the site today

Richmond Council is taking legal action against the group after they parked up a number of caravans on Kew Green, in Richmond, on Thursday evening

Richmond Council is taking legal action against the group after they parked up a number of caravans on Kew Green, in Richmond, on Thursday evening

Richmond Council is taking legal action against the group after they parked up a number of caravans on Kew Green, in Richmond, on Thursday evening

Richmond Council is taking legal action against the group after they parked up a number of caravans on Kew Green, in Richmond, on Thursday evening

Some of the group were pictured dismantling posts which had been installed in the ground and packing up their caravans

Some of the group were pictured dismantling posts which had been installed in the ground and packing up their caravans

Travellers who set up camp in Kew Green, west London, confronted security guards when they were asked to leave on Saturday

The group were seen appearing to pack up their vehicles after security guards arrived and parts of their camp were dismantled

A group of people with around 12 caravans and other vehicles refused to leave the picturesque green when asked to move on Friday

A group of people with around 12 caravans and other vehicles refused to leave the picturesque green when asked to move on Friday 

The local council threatened to take legal action against the group after they refused to leave when requested

The local council threatened to take legal action against the group after they refused to leave when requested

While council representatives warned the legal action may take a while and result in a delay in moving the camp out of the area, officers were seen at the site today. 

Some of the group were pictured dismantling posts which had been installed in the ground and packing up their caravans. 

Young children were playing outside their homes and riding bikes while mothers walked their babies around the park in their prams. 

Some men in the group were also seen brushing their teeth before packing up the caravans.  

Council representatives warned the legal action may take a while and result in a delay in moving the camp out of the area, security guards were seen at the site today taking down posts which had been erected

Council representatives warned the legal action may take a while and result in a delay in moving the camp out of the area, security guards were seen at the site today taking down posts which had been erected

Young children were playing outside their homes and riding bikes while mothers walked their babies around the park in their prams

Young children were playing outside their homes and riding bikes while mothers walked their babies around the park in their prams

Some of the group were pictured dismantling posts which had been installed in the ground and packing up their caravans

Some of the group were pictured dismantling posts which had been installed in the ground and packing up their caravans

The council was forced to resort to challenging the camp through the courts due to a High Court order earlier this month

The council was forced to resort to challenging the camp through the courts due to a High Court order earlier this month

On Friday, Richmond Council confirmed it would be commencing the legal process to obtain and enforce a Possession Order. 

Delays were expected due to a High Court order earlier this month that denied the Council’s request to extend the previous expedited injunction process, in common with numerous other local authorities. 

Instead, the Council is forced to to go via the courts to remove the group.

A spokesperson for the local authority confirmed once the travellers have been removed it will endeavour to repair any damage caused. 

On Friday, Richmond Council confirmed it would be commencing the legal process to obtain and enforce a Possession Order

On Friday, Richmond Council confirmed it would be commencing the legal process to obtain and enforce a Possession Order

The local authority confirmed once the travellers have been removed it will endeavour to repair any damage caused

The local authority confirmed once the travellers have been removed it will endeavour to repair any damage caused

Speaking on Friday, Councillor Julia Neden-Watts, Chair of the Environment, Sustainability, Culture and Sports Committee, said: ‘A small group of travellers has arrived in Kew. 

‘This morning, Council officers will commence the legal action required to expedite their departure. 

‘Due to a recent court ruling, this process will not be as fast as residents would like and I know that they will be concerned, but we have to work within the law.

‘As soon as the travellers leave, we will inspect the area and ensure that any damage is repaired, and waste removed. 

‘Our Park Guard officers, along with the Police, will be monitoring the site closely until the group depart.’

Richmond Council has been approached for comment. 


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