Here's some of the issue, coming from someone that lived 2 miles down the road from a travellers site.
1) Most of them stick together and do not mix..This causes the 'unknown' effect.
2) On many occasions we had travellers pull up in a van trying to sell items in bulk. Example, TV's. Shows us boxes of TV's in a back of a van. Get's
one down and opens the box. Wow, nice new TV. Travellers try to make a deal to take all the TV's. You check the other boxes, full of old broken TV's.
Got to love the cheek of it.
3) When the younger guys go out for a drink, they can be very rowdy, and unfortunately trouble seems to follow. Most have been fighting from a very
young age, making them dangerous. Outside a pub I used to work at, a traveller was convicted of manslaughter after punching someone, that went
straight down and hit is head on the curb of the road and died.
4) Personally been attacked by a group of drunk travellers...nothing major, but they thought it was funny to walk up to a stranger and smack them in
the head and walk off laughing.
5) The police can't/won't do anything. Previous issues at the site cause the police to block off all roads in and out of the site, have helicopters
monitoring the situation from above, and let them sort it out themselves. The police won't go in, even if a gun is involved.
6) Other groups of travellers passing through make a site anywhere they can. I understand why, because they have no choice. However, when they leave,
they do leave the place in a state. Rubbish everywhere, broken washing machines, just a mess. And I'm mean when staying in a public park, where kids
You can't tar every traveller with the same brush, but the only time 'settled' people take notice of travellers is when they cause trouble. Thus the
edit on 17-2-2011 by dsm1664 because: spelling of a 5 yr old monkey on acid