Prescott Gives Gypsies Another 18 Months

By Simon Evans, PA

John Prescott today allowed gypsies at least another 18 months at a site where they have been illegally camped for the past two years.

He announced this in a letter to North Wiltshire District Council which is trying to evict the group.

Sixteen families have been living in caravans at Minety, Wiltshire, since 2003 after they bought a three-acre plot there.

On moving to the site they laid concrete, dug trenches and installed power cables without planning permission. More...