A traveller who defied numerous court orders to move his caravan, horse boxes and kennels from land near Doncaster has been jailed for six months for contempt of court at the High Court by judge Richard Seymour.
The case was brought by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council on an application to commit Edward Wilson, 27, for his breaches of court orders.
Barrister Juan Lopez said the original order banning residential use of the land was made in September 2014, but when the site known as Riverside in Kirkhouse Green Road was visited later it was still being used. In breach of the order council enforcement officers found a caravan, a car, a flatbed vehicle, three horse boxes and two dog kennels. Work had also begun on the construction of a drainage system.
“The stationing and/or storage of the above articles upon the land, and the associated uses of the land, amounted to unauthorised development, breaches of planning control, and, in turn, a breach of the order”
“The drainage development observed to have been carried out on the land was similarly unauthorised in planning terms, so amounting to unauthorised development and, in turn, a further breach of the order” said Mr Lopez.
Various attempts had been made since September to get Wilson to move the articles, but he had not complied
Mr Lopez said there were vacancies at several Council run gypsy and traveller sites where Mr Wilson could go.
Judge Seymour said Wilson, who did not turn up at court, should be found and taken to prison.
“In the circumstances of the contemptuous attitude he has taken towards the court, I think the appropriate order in relation to Mr Wilson is that he should be committed to prison for six months”.
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