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Old 09-04-2006, 06:10 AM   #1
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It was an act of revenge on a squatter that most farmers can only dream of. Faced with a uninvited intruder moving onto his land complete with car and caravan, Alan Roberts decided to take matters into his own hands.

While the illegal tenant was still soundly asleep, Mr Roberts got into his yellow JCB forklift and prepared to teach him a lesson.

First, he picked up the man's burgundy Vauxhall Cavalier from its spot on one of his fields and dumped it unceremoniously outside his land.

Then he returned to scoop up the white caravan, still housing the unsuspecting squatter.

As it was lifted into the air, the man, in his 20s, appeared at the window looking rather groggy and startled to discover he was suddenly airbourne.

But Mr Roberts, 46, who rents Grange Farm near Immingham, North East Lincolnshire from wealthy landowner Lord Yarborough, ignored the man's pleas and moved the caravan and its passenger off his land before dumping them both.

Last night, the farmer issued a stark warning to any would-be squatters who might be eyeing up his land as a potential home.

"If they want to come back for seconds, they can," he said. "I am a force to be reckoned with. That guy was not staying on my land. I have got the guy fairly wound up and there was a lot of swearing on both sides.

"The increasing trouble with squatters has been winding us up - so I am taking the law into my own hands."

Mr Roberts said it was the second time this week that the mystery man had parked the vehicles on his land. He first arrived on Tuesday evening, and the next day Mr Roberts gave him two hours to move the car and caravan.

After he ignored the polite request, the farmer picked up the Cavalier with his forklift truck and dumped it at the side of the road.

It was when the squatter came back and bedded down for a second night that Mr Roberts decided to teach him an early morning lesson.

The squatter was the first man who had set up camp on Grange Farm, but Mr Roberts said it was only the latest in a series of incidents.

Farmers in the area claim they have lost hundreds of pounds to poachers and are plagued by others driving four-wheel vehicles over their fields.

Mr Roberts, who is married with a 12-year-old daughter and farms cereal crops on his 700-acre plot, said the man had since disappeared with both his vehicles.

Spokeswoman for Humberside Police, Lisa Fleming, said: "Police attended but it is a civil dispute between the landowner and the vehicle and caravan owner.

"Officers spoke to both parties and the caravan owner volunteered to move his vehicle within 24 hours."

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Old 09-04-2006, 06:29 AM   #2
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With limited public land, and permissive laws regarding squatters' 'rights,' the UK is ripe for such confrontations. Had the farmer not moved the squatter, it might have become a permanent situation. The farmer might even have become responsible for the squatter's safety and welfare.

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I was doing some work in England when a situation appeared in the paper. Some gypsies had squatted on a personís land for a very long time and it stated it was almost impossible to legally get them off. Once they were able to serve an eviction notice the gypsies left and set fire to the large camper they had been living in. The paper said they do this quite often.

Have you heard of the Travelers? It has been published in camping magazines, that Gypsies (Travelers) go to campgrounds connect up to a camper and drive off with it. Later they sell the thing using a scam, my husband left me and Iím getting even by letting you have this for (very little money) compared to its actual value. Moral to this story: LOCK YOUR TRAILER HITCH with a QUALITY LOCK and just maybe they will go on to the one that will be less difficult to get.

While living in Germany, I read in the paper where some gypsies had left Austria and the Germans would not let them in Germany and when they attempted to get back in Austria they were denied entrance. Sure enough a week later when traveling from Germany to Italy, while crossing the no-mans land between Germany and Austria, there they were in their camper.
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Old 09-07-2006, 03:33 PM   #4
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The Travellers have an entire community in South Carolina that they use as a base of operations. The men spread out around the nation pulling various scams and bring the cash back home.

Some years ago someone made a movie about them (called Travellers, of course). It starred Bill Paxton and Mark Wahlberg. It was a pretty good movie, but it showed these guys in rather a positive light, despite the fact they were crooks.

Occasionally these SC Travellers pop up in local and national news when they get caught committing various crimes and scams. If you recall a few years ago a popular nationwide story of a woman captured on video tape outside a mall beating her daughter, she was a Traveller. She had been prevented from carrying through a scam in a mall store and when she got outside she took her frustration out on her daughter by beating her. The national news media never talked much about the fact that she was a Traveller and a criminal. You had to dig around to get the facts about her.
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