Police probe 'threat' to campaigners at Meriden camp

Meriden travellers camp The travellers have been allowed to install basic sanitation

Related Stories

Police are investigating a threat made to green belt campaigners opposing an unauthorised travellers camp at Meriden in the West Midlands.

Villagers have been picketing the camp ever since the travellers began developing the Eaves Green Lane site on 30 April.

Residents said three men claiming to be travellers threatened to take over the lane and burn down houses.

West Midlands Police confirmed they were investigating.

'Intimidation'

Resident spokesman David McGrath said: "Three men in a white van purporting to be travellers pulled up to one of our vigils and said that they intended to take over the lane and burn our houses.

"Our protesters took the vehicle registration number and have made statements to the police.

"We will not tolerate bully-boy tactics, intimidation or threats of violence."

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "An allegation of threats to property has been made.

"Police are taking it seriously and are investigating."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Birmingham & Black Country

Weather

Birmingham

13 °C 8 °C

Features

  • The OfficeIn pictures

    Fifty landmark shows from 50 years of BBC Two


  • French luxury Tea House, Mariage Freres display of tea pots Tea for tu

    France falls back in love with tea - but don't expect a British cuppa


  • Worcestershire flagFlying the flag

    Preserving the identities of England's counties


  • Female model's bottom in leopard skin trousers as she walks up the catwalkBum deal

    Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health


  • Two women in  JohanesburgYour pictures

    Readers' photos on the theme of South Africa


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.