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Dale farm entrance
Dale farm entrance
• “Intelligence received indicated protesters had stockpiled various items with the intent of using these against bailiffs and police. The first officers on the site were attacked with missiles being thrown, including rocks and liquids. These officers were fully equipped to deal with this situation.”
Supporters quickly erected barricades inside the site as police held the line, securing the rear area. 200 fully equipped, jackets helmets, transparent riot shields, tasers
Essex Police say that two of the protesters have been tasered and one person has been arrested at Dale Farm. They say that this was after a number of attempts of negotiate with the protesters. The police add that they are concerned that the residents have stockpiled weapons to use against their officers.
Protesters have set light to caravans
The Essex Police helicopter is hovering over the site, filming events.
Paramedics have been brought in over the back fields to treat a resident called Nora, whose family says she was pushed over by a police officer and fell onto a brick, injuring her back. The family has allowed Sky News to film through the front window of the mobile home, where Nora can be seen writhing in a chair. A specialist back stretcher is laid out on the ground ready to take her away for treatment.
A JCB digger is coming in from the back field flanked by around 80 to 100 more riot police.
• The bailiffs have started operating a crane which will be used to haul away the barricades which are still blocking the main entrance at the front of the site. The caravans cannot be hauled away through the rear entrance across the fields.
The talk is over. The action has begun.
The illegal residents of Dale Farm are now protesting not with lawyers, but are remaining where they are. The bailiffs have complete authority to start evicting. But what equipment will they need to take on this almighty job?