A Local Authority v D and others [2016] EWHC 1438 (Fam) – WLR Daily

A Local Authority v D and others [2016] EWHC 1438 (Fam)

‘The applicant local authority applied, pursuant to paragraph 6(3) of Schedule 3 to the Children Act 1989, for a six-month extension of a supervision order made in its favour under section 31 of the 1989 Act in respect of three children from the travelling community. The application was dated the day that the original order expired but was not issued until the following day.’

WLR Daily, 1st July 2016

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Regina (Cooper) v Ashford Borough Council – WLR daily

Posted June 30th, 2016 in environmental protection, gipsies, law reports, local government, planning by tracey

Regina (Cooper) v Ashford Borough Council: [2016] EWHC 1525 (Admin)

‘The claimant sought judicial review of the grant of planning permission by the local planning authority for four gipsy pitches and associated development at a site, on the ground, inter alia, that the local authority had erred in failing to have regard to a material consideration, namely that the grant of permission would set a precedent for the development of further gipsy and traveller sites causing cumulative harm to the semi-natural ancient woodland in the area.’

WLR Daily, 24th June 2016

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Judge quashes planning permission for gypsy caravan development – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in gipsies, local government, news, planning by sally

‘A Deputy High Court judge has quashed a council’s grant of planning permission for a change of use of land from grazing to residential for a gypsy caravan and a touring caravan.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd June 2016

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Court of Appeal backs decision to clear Green Belt land of Romany Gypsy caravans – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 12th, 2016 in appeals, gipsies, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected a judicial review challenge to the decision of a local authority to use its planning enforcement powers to clear agricultural land in the Green Belt of caravans occupied by Romany Gypsies.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th May 2016

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Joe Marler: World Rugby bans prop for ‘Gypsy boy’ comment at Samson Lee – BBC News

Posted April 6th, 2016 in disciplinary procedures, gipsies, news, racism, sport by tracey

‘England prop Joe Marler has been banned for two matches and fined £20,000 for calling Wales forward Samson Lee “Gypsy boy”.’

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BBC News, 5th April 2016

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Discriminating against Gypsies and Travellers is ‘common across Britain’, report finds – The Independent

Posted March 9th, 2016 in gipsies, news, race discrimination, reports by tracey

‘Discrimination against Gypsies and Travellers by the public, the police and other authorities is “common across Britain”, according to a damning report by the UK’s human rights watchdog which warns the groups are among several being “locked out” by society.’

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The Independent, 8th March 2016

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Traveller gang found guilty of £60 million rhino horn thefts – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 1st, 2016 in artistic works, gangs, gipsies, news, theft by sally

‘Dubbed the ‘Dead Zoo Gang’, the thieves targeted museums across the country stealing rhino horns and Chinese artefacts worth tens of millions of pounds.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th February 2016

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Traveller Movement condemns Met Police inquiry into racism as ‘a whitewash’ – The Independent

Posted January 11th, 2016 in appeals, complaints, gipsies, inquiries, internet, news, ombudsmen, police, racism by tracey

‘The Metropolitan Police is examining whether its staff need to change the way they engage with members of the two ethnic minority groups, despite its official investigation into the racism claims concluding without any officers being formally disciplined or charged.’

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The Independent, 9th January 2016

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Borough council uses ASB and planning laws to secure traveller injunction – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 18th, 2015 in gipsies, injunctions, local government, news, planning by tracey

‘Blackpool Council has secured a High Court injunction – pursuant to Section 1 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 and Section 187B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 – stopping 13 named travellers from setting up unauthorised encampments in the borough. The council said it was believed to be the first time in the country that a local authority had used the 2014 Act along with Section 187B of the TCPA to secure an injunction against illegal travellers.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th December 2015

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Settled Gypsies could be forced back on to the road by new planning laws – The Independent

Posted September 21st, 2015 in equality, gipsies, news, planning by sally

‘Gypsies and Travellers across Britain will be driven off sites they have made their home by new planning laws requiring them to prove that they are still itinerant. The move could cause a large increase in the number of unauthorised roadside camps, and force many families – including the infirm and those with children in school – on to the road against their will.’

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The Independent, 19th September 2015

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Judge quashes decision by Pickles refusing permission for gypsy site – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 26th, 2015 in gipsies, inquiries, ministers' powers and duties, news, planning by sally

‘A High Court judge has quashed a decision by the former Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to refuse planning permission for a site where a gypsy and his family have lived since 2008.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th August 2015

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Ofcom clears Top Gear over ‘pikey’ pun – BBC News

Posted July 28th, 2015 in BBC, complaints, gipsies, media, news by sally

‘Ofcom has backed a BBC Trust decision not to censure the BBC over using the word “pikey” in an edition of Top Gear.’

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BBC News, 27th July 2015

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Travellers in legal victory against JD Wetherspoon after delegates denied pub entry – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 19th, 2015 in damages, gipsies, licensed premises, news, racism by sally

‘Lawyers successfully argue that group of 15 people were discriminated against when they were denied entry to The Coronet pub.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th May 2015

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Moore v Secretary of State: The Consequences for Gypsy and Traveller Planning –

‘Charmaine Moore a Romani Gypsy and a single mother of 3 dependent children. She and one of her daughters are disabled. She owns and occupies land in the London Borough of Bromley. In 2010 she applied for planning permission to live on her land. That application has still to be determined finally. The application was a modest one “change of use – private Gypsy and Traveller Caravan Site comprising pitch, accommodating one mobile home and one touring caravan”. She has never sought more.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 24th April 2015

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The Big Fat Gypsy Judicial Review – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 27th, 2015 in codes of practice, complaints, gipsies, human rights, media, news, privacy, racism by tracey

‘Traveller Movement v Ofcom and Channel 4, [2015] EWHC 406 (Admin), 20 February 2015. One of the nation’s great televisual fascinations last week became the unlikely subject of an Administrative Court judgment that demonstrates the limits of common law standards of fairness, as well as the lightness of touch applied by the courts when reviewing the decision-making of the media regulator.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th February 2015

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Judge rules that Mr Pickles unlawfully discriminated against Gypsies and Travellers – Garden Court Chambers Blog

‘Marc Willers QC explores the recent High Court judgment in which it was found that the conduct of Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, constituted indirect discrimination against Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 12th February 2015

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Eric Pickles ‘breached’ Green Belt Gypsies’ human rights – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2015 in equality, gipsies, human rights, news, planning by sally

‘Communities Secretary Eric Pickles “unlawfully discriminated” against Romany Gypsies wanting pitches in the Green Belt, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2015

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Gypsies and Travellers: “A litmus test not of democracy but of civil society” – No. 5 Chambers

Posted January 6th, 2015 in equality, gipsies, housing, human rights, news, planning, race discrimination by sally

‘“[T]here is force in the observation attributed to Václav Havel, no doubt informed by the dire experience of central Europe: “The Gipsies are a litmus test not of democracy but of civil society”.” So said Lord Bingham of Cornhill in the House of Lords in South Buckinghamshire DC v Porter (No 1).’

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No. 5 Chambers, 18th December 2014

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Rise in racist, religious and homophobic hate crimes in London – The Independent

‘Hate crimes motivated by racism, religion and homophobia have significantly increased in London over the past year, a new report has warned.’

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The Independent, 2nd December 2014

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County loses appeal over support for disabled Roma child who moves out of area – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 26th, 2014 in appeals, children, disabled persons, gipsies, local government, news by sally

‘A county council has lost a Court of Appeal bid to overturn a ruling that the authority had the power to provide support for a disabled child even when his Roma Gypsy family are working in different parts of the country and outside its borders.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th November 2014

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