posted on Oct, 9 2008 @ 03:09 AM
I'm afraid my experiences with both eastern European Roma in the UK, and the generally Irish traveller community are both very very very negative.
for example each year the travellers head to the north east to go to the Appleby horse fair, and the sad fact is that as they pass through the area,
four things start happening, First peoples caravans start getting nicked,last year 13 went from this area in 10 days. My next door neighbours plus his
best friends both went in one afternoon. Second is fly tipping, as the travellers pass through they raise income by doing jobs ( without paying any
tax) gardening, roofing, tarmacing, fencing etc, as soon as they arrive you ffind every bloody gateway and layby full of fly tipped waste. Next is
trespass, every year they arrive and simply park up on other peoples land, in this village they even cut down a new fence around the childrens only
play area, when they were finally evicted they left rubbish and human waste all over the place. The fourth is violence, they frquently resort to
threats and violence if challenged, two months ago a young travellor delibarately drove over a farmer who caught him stealing diesel, breaking two
legs, a hip and both arms, the farmers mum collapsed and died as she tried to call for help. Two other young travellors recently broke into over 20
caravans stored on a local farm, they ripped off the doors of the caravans causing thousands of pounds of damage, they attacked the farmer who caught
them. They told the police they were looking for food even though they had over £1000 in cash on their persons. My friend lives in limerick in Eire
where many of the travellors come from and he hates them, they cause misery ervery time they go anywhere. I dont think they have any skills apart from
scavenging that survivalists can use.