Police in riot gear carry out dawn raid on travellers site in Neasden

PUBLISHED: 13:25 14 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:28 14 November 2018

Police outside the travellers site in Neasden. Picture: Angela Blake

Police outside the travellers site in Neasden. Picture: Angela Blake

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Armed police raided a travellers’ site in Neasden in the early hours of the morning.

Travellers site in Neasden cordoned off by police. Picture: Angela BlakeTravellers site in Neasden cordoned off by police. Picture: Angela Blake

Neighbours near Lynton Close were woken at about 6.30am by police in full riot gear raiding the site.

The pre-planned operation is still going on, with officers issuing warrants to tenants.

One neighbour said: “Police have conducted a huge dawn raid on the site. At least 20 assorted police vans and cars are spread out as far along the Great Central Way as the eye can see.”

The travellers’ site came back in-house to Brent Council on April 1 with numerous families with children living there.

It was previously been managed by Oxfordshire City Council behalf of Brent.

At the time the council said the new arrangement would see a £500,000 “dedicated improvement programme” for the site including refurbished kitchens and bathrooms and fire safety measures implemented within the year.

The neighbour added: “The site is a permanent one for the borough and should hold legally about 20 families but the site is massively overcrowded with ‘sub tenants’ also parked up in there.

“Brent do not appear to have done much management of the site.”

As well as being overcrowded, it has an entrance which is a flytippers’ paradise. It attracts various vermin and is dangerous, due to the nature of materials that have been dumped there.”

A police spokesperson said: “There has been a pre-planned operation and warrants have been conducted in the Lynton Close area in Brent.

“An update will follow in due course.”

Brent Council has been contacted.

Do you live on the site? Call Nathalie at the Kilburn Times on 07584 147 997.

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