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Blanket ban on Travellers in Barking and Dagenham ruled legal

Travellers who are unaware of the injunction will still be bound by it (Credit: LBBD)

The Court of Appeal has overturned a ruling that made a blanket ban on Travellers in Barking and Dagenham illegal.

The High Court previously ruled local councils could only prevent people from stopping on certain pieces of land if they could be named and properly identified. 

Mr Justice Nicklin said councils could not stop newcomers who were unaware of the injunction from staying in the area in May 2021. 

He also called in all 38 existing injunctions and ordered local authorities to answer a series of questions. As a result, 30 of the injunctions were withdrawn. 

Barking and Dagenham Council was one of several local councils that appealed his ruling in December 2021. 

The Court of Appeal found Mr Justice Nicklin had been “wrong” to protect the rights of newcomers and “went too far” in seeking to call in previous injunctions.

As a result, Barking and Dagenham Council’s final injunction against a number of defendants, and persons unknown, now remains in full force. 

Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Cllr Darren Rodwell, said: “Finally common sense has prevailed, and I am glad that this judgement agrees with our approach that our injunctions are lawful.

“This means that our residents can continue to enjoy our parks and open spaces without having to worry about any untoward behaviour.”

A spokesperson for the council said their approach was “robust” and named as many individual defendants as possible. It also included thousands of pages of supporting evidence and equality impact assessments to ensure the rights of Travellers were fully considered.

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