UPDATE: Abbey Wood gypsies move on to Falconwood, Welling

This Is Local London: Gypsies set up camp in Abbey Wood Gypsies set up camp in Abbey Wood

Bexley residents are concerned about a group of gypsies who have moved from Abbey Wood to Falcon Wood.

Caravans arrived on Welling Way at around 11pm last night (June 16) causing distress to residents.

Around 20 caravans are now said to be parked up on Falconwood Field between Welling Way and Rochester Road.

One annoyed resident who asked not to be named said: "Many people, use this field to access Falconwood station, walk their dogs, play ball games with their children as it is such a wonderful open space for all to enjoy, but now due to gypsies moving onto this site I feel people will avoid the area and feel too intimated to use this very public space. 

"I am so disappointed the police could not do more to stop them entering."

Caravans began pulling up at 11am on June 17 to the field between Longleigh Lane, Bramptom Road and Bostall Hill in Abbey Wood.

Met Police are currently blocking off one of several entrances to the grassy area.

A police officer on the scene said: "They haven't caused any trouble but they shouldn't be here.

"Greenwich Council have applied for a licence to have them removed so within a few days they will have to move on somewhere else."

Are you affected my this latest gypsy camp? Call the news room on: 01689 885734 or email: fiona.simpson@london.newsquest.co.uk

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6:14pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Joelo says...

As if there are not enough of them in Abbey Wood allready!
As if there are not enough of them in Abbey Wood allready! Joelo
  • Score: 45

6:40pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Bevangirl says...

Years ago gypsies were a common sight in Abbey Wood and when my dad lived in Church Manorway I don't remember Greenwich Council doing anything much to deter them. The worst thing that happened to my family was when two evil little thugs from the gypsy camp put their two dogs over the fence into my dad's front garden and laughed when the dogs killed dad's cat. My dad went to the police and reported it but nothing was done. Greenwich Council must act quickly or they will make the residents' lives a nightmare!
Years ago gypsies were a common sight in Abbey Wood and when my dad lived in Church Manorway I don't remember Greenwich Council doing anything much to deter them. The worst thing that happened to my family was when two evil little thugs from the gypsy camp put their two dogs over the fence into my dad's front garden and laughed when the dogs killed dad's cat. My dad went to the police and reported it but nothing was done. Greenwich Council must act quickly or they will make the residents' lives a nightmare! Bevangirl
  • Score: 65

7:56pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Bestbaz says...

Why don't the police check their vans for Tax, Insurance, MOT, Red diesel, then as soon as they are on the road, stop them check their license and confiscate the vehicle if they cannot prove the legal requirements of driving on the roads. But as always, the Police will just let them leave and they just park up elsewhere, create absolute havoc and left the site in an absolute mess that the council will clear the site the expense of those who pay council tax. What I think of Gypsies, I cannot put here, but I know many others think alike
Why don't the police check their vans for Tax, Insurance, MOT, Red diesel, then as soon as they are on the road, stop them check their license and confiscate the vehicle if they cannot prove the legal requirements of driving on the roads. But as always, the Police will just let them leave and they just park up elsewhere, create absolute havoc and left the site in an absolute mess that the council will clear the site the expense of those who pay council tax. What I think of Gypsies, I cannot put here, but I know many others think alike Bestbaz
  • Score: 66

7:59pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn
Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -79

8:11pm Tue 17 Jun 14

floyduk says...

I had my palm read down in Abbey Wood and they said I'd have my drive tarmacked within the year. They were right, in fact I think it was the reader's brother who did it.
I had my palm read down in Abbey Wood and they said I'd have my drive tarmacked within the year. They were right, in fact I think it was the reader's brother who did it. floyduk
  • Score: 31

8:24pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Bevangirl says...

It seems it isn't worth reporting them for not having MOT's, tax or insurance because the police say that by the time they are summons they have moved on. They are classed as 'of no fixed abode' - so they can get away with murder. Sorry if we are boring you Gypo.Joe!
It seems it isn't worth reporting them for not having MOT's, tax or insurance because the police say that by the time they are summons they have moved on. They are classed as 'of no fixed abode' - so they can get away with murder. Sorry if we are boring you Gypo.Joe! Bevangirl
  • Score: 44

9:17am Wed 18 Jun 14

highway warrior says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn
must be tired from moving all the barriers to get in ........
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn[/p][/quote]must be tired from moving all the barriers to get in ........ highway warrior
  • Score: 39

10:32am Wed 18 Jun 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Listen until you've had ya early morning poop in the woods or on long grass with the dew still on it you aint lived boi.

I draw the line at using dah Shopper for wiping me arse though, the Sun, well that's another story.
Listen until you've had ya early morning poop in the woods or on long grass with the dew still on it you aint lived boi. I draw the line at using dah Shopper for wiping me arse though, the Sun, well that's another story. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -38

11:34am Wed 18 Jun 14

Bugnation says...

There is good and bad in everyone and you know given option i would far live with travelers than much of the scum we are lucky enough to have on our doorsteps now.
I had good and bad experiences with them same as everyone else in this world.
we live in a country where a good quarter of the population is illegal and have no paperwork thus no licences or tax or anything else.
so how about everyone looks at the bigger picture and doesn't tar everyone with the same brush.
There is good and bad in everyone and you know given option i would far live with travelers than much of the scum we are lucky enough to have on our doorsteps now. I had good and bad experiences with them same as everyone else in this world. we live in a country where a good quarter of the population is illegal and have no paperwork thus no licences or tax or anything else. so how about everyone looks at the bigger picture and doesn't tar everyone with the same brush. Bugnation
  • Score: -31

12:58pm Wed 18 Jun 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Bestbaz wrote:
Why don't the police check their vans for Tax, Insurance, MOT, Red diesel, then as soon as they are on the road, stop them check their license and confiscate the vehicle if they cannot prove the legal requirements of driving on the roads. But as always, the Police will just let them leave and they just park up elsewhere, create absolute havoc and left the site in an absolute mess that the council will clear the site the expense of those who pay council tax. What I think of Gypsies, I cannot put here, but I know many others think alike
I understand from an Irish colleague of mine that in Ireland the Garda move Travellers by warning them that they will be around in 48 hours to check their gun licenses.
[quote][p][bold]Bestbaz[/bold] wrote: Why don't the police check their vans for Tax, Insurance, MOT, Red diesel, then as soon as they are on the road, stop them check their license and confiscate the vehicle if they cannot prove the legal requirements of driving on the roads. But as always, the Police will just let them leave and they just park up elsewhere, create absolute havoc and left the site in an absolute mess that the council will clear the site the expense of those who pay council tax. What I think of Gypsies, I cannot put here, but I know many others think alike[/p][/quote]I understand from an Irish colleague of mine that in Ireland the Garda move Travellers by warning them that they will be around in 48 hours to check their gun licenses. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 28

2:22pm Wed 18 Jun 14

reasonable75 says...

Bevangirl wrote:
It seems it isn't worth reporting them for not having MOT's, tax or insurance because the police say that by the time they are summons they have moved on. They are classed as 'of no fixed abode' - so they can get away with murder. Sorry if we are boring you Gypo.Joe!
Surely the police can seize uninsured cars & crush them

If they had there BMWs & Mercs taken they'd move out?
[quote][p][bold]Bevangirl[/bold] wrote: It seems it isn't worth reporting them for not having MOT's, tax or insurance because the police say that by the time they are summons they have moved on. They are classed as 'of no fixed abode' - so they can get away with murder. Sorry if we are boring you Gypo.Joe![/p][/quote]Surely the police can seize uninsured cars & crush them If they had there BMWs & Mercs taken they'd move out? reasonable75
  • Score: 21

2:59pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Freckles5851 says...

Bugnation wrote:
There is good and bad in everyone and you know given option i would far live with travelers than much of the scum we are lucky enough to have on our doorsteps now.
I had good and bad experiences with them same as everyone else in this world.
we live in a country where a good quarter of the population is illegal and have no paperwork thus no licences or tax or anything else.
so how about everyone looks at the bigger picture and doesn't tar everyone with the same brush.
Agreed !!!! Some people are such narrow minded - stuck up - boring and Trolling pr*ts on here!
[quote][p][bold]Bugnation[/bold] wrote: There is good and bad in everyone and you know given option i would far live with travelers than much of the scum we are lucky enough to have on our doorsteps now. I had good and bad experiences with them same as everyone else in this world. we live in a country where a good quarter of the population is illegal and have no paperwork thus no licences or tax or anything else. so how about everyone looks at the bigger picture and doesn't tar everyone with the same brush.[/p][/quote]Agreed !!!! Some people are such narrow minded - stuck up - boring and Trolling pr*ts on here! Freckles5851
  • Score: -27

4:24pm Wed 18 Jun 14

the wall says...

Bugnation wrote:
There is good and bad in everyone and you know given option i would far live with travelers than much of the scum we are lucky enough to have on our doorsteps now.
I had good and bad experiences with them same as everyone else in this world.
we live in a country where a good quarter of the population is illegal and have no paperwork thus no licences or tax or anything else.
so how about everyone looks at the bigger picture and doesn't tar everyone with the same brush.
A good quarter really. Do you have a link to those facts or should I just read The Daily Wail?
[quote][p][bold]Bugnation[/bold] wrote: There is good and bad in everyone and you know given option i would far live with travelers than much of the scum we are lucky enough to have on our doorsteps now. I had good and bad experiences with them same as everyone else in this world. we live in a country where a good quarter of the population is illegal and have no paperwork thus no licences or tax or anything else. so how about everyone looks at the bigger picture and doesn't tar everyone with the same brush.[/p][/quote]A good quarter really. Do you have a link to those facts or should I just read The Daily Wail? the wall
  • Score: 5

10:12pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Bestbaz says...

Bevangirl wrote:
It seems it isn't worth reporting them for not having MOT's, tax or insurance because the police say that by the time they are summons they have moved on. They are classed as 'of no fixed abode' - so they can get away with murder. Sorry if we are boring you Gypo.Joe!
That is my point, don't issue a FPN, the police know they will have no fixed address, just seize the vehicle until they can show they have all the documentation that any legal driver needs to hold to drive on the road. If they don't collect the vehicle/caravan, its sold and revenue goes towards the cost to police these gypos and tidy up after them.
[quote][p][bold]Bevangirl[/bold] wrote: It seems it isn't worth reporting them for not having MOT's, tax or insurance because the police say that by the time they are summons they have moved on. They are classed as 'of no fixed abode' - so they can get away with murder. Sorry if we are boring you Gypo.Joe![/p][/quote]That is my point, don't issue a FPN, the police know they will have no fixed address, just seize the vehicle until they can show they have all the documentation that any legal driver needs to hold to drive on the road. If they don't collect the vehicle/caravan, its sold and revenue goes towards the cost to police these gypos and tidy up after them. Bestbaz
  • Score: 23

6:56am Thu 19 Jun 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Freckles5851 wrote:
Bugnation wrote:
There is good and bad in everyone and you know given option i would far live with travelers than much of the scum we are lucky enough to have on our doorsteps now.
I had good and bad experiences with them same as everyone else in this world.
we live in a country where a good quarter of the population is illegal and have no paperwork thus no licences or tax or anything else.
so how about everyone looks at the bigger picture and doesn't tar everyone with the same brush.
Agreed !!!! Some people are such narrow minded - stuck up - boring and Trolling pr*ts on here!
Do you mean like you then? With only your opinion and your way of thinking that counts? No wonder this country is in a mess.
[quote][p][bold]Freckles5851[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bugnation[/bold] wrote: There is good and bad in everyone and you know given option i would far live with travelers than much of the scum we are lucky enough to have on our doorsteps now. I had good and bad experiences with them same as everyone else in this world. we live in a country where a good quarter of the population is illegal and have no paperwork thus no licences or tax or anything else. so how about everyone looks at the bigger picture and doesn't tar everyone with the same brush.[/p][/quote]Agreed !!!! Some people are such narrow minded - stuck up - boring and Trolling pr*ts on here![/p][/quote]Do you mean like you then? With only your opinion and your way of thinking that counts? No wonder this country is in a mess. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 13

9:04am Thu 19 Jun 14

Freckles5851 says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Freckles5851 wrote:
Bugnation wrote:
There is good and bad in everyone and you know given option i would far live with travelers than much of the scum we are lucky enough to have on our doorsteps now.
I had good and bad experiences with them same as everyone else in this world.
we live in a country where a good quarter of the population is illegal and have no paperwork thus no licences or tax or anything else.
so how about everyone looks at the bigger picture and doesn't tar everyone with the same brush.
Agreed !!!! Some people are such narrow minded - stuck up - boring and Trolling pr*ts on here!
Do you mean like you then? With only your opinion and your way of thinking that counts? No wonder this country is in a mess.
Did you read the original post that I was agreeing with? - hardly saying just my opinion counts. Better luck next time ;)
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freckles5851[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bugnation[/bold] wrote: There is good and bad in everyone and you know given option i would far live with travelers than much of the scum we are lucky enough to have on our doorsteps now. I had good and bad experiences with them same as everyone else in this world. we live in a country where a good quarter of the population is illegal and have no paperwork thus no licences or tax or anything else. so how about everyone looks at the bigger picture and doesn't tar everyone with the same brush.[/p][/quote]Agreed !!!! Some people are such narrow minded - stuck up - boring and Trolling pr*ts on here![/p][/quote]Do you mean like you then? With only your opinion and your way of thinking that counts? No wonder this country is in a mess.[/p][/quote]Did you read the original post that I was agreeing with? - hardly saying just my opinion counts. Better luck next time ;) Freckles5851
  • Score: -16

11:15am Fri 20 Jun 14

disgruntres says...

And Sevenoaks wants to site them in Swanley! Swanley residents beware, all should immediately contact Sevenoaks with objections as Sevenoaks will do anything to olace them as far away from Sevenoaks town as possible. We do not want them in or on the outskirts of Swanley thank you.
And Sevenoaks wants to site them in Swanley! Swanley residents beware, all should immediately contact Sevenoaks with objections as Sevenoaks will do anything to olace them as far away from Sevenoaks town as possible. We do not want them in or on the outskirts of Swanley thank you. disgruntres
  • Score: 9

11:37am Fri 20 Jun 14

Gypo.Joe says...

disgruntres wrote:
And Sevenoaks wants to site them in Swanley! Swanley residents beware, all should immediately contact Sevenoaks with objections as Sevenoaks will do anything to olace them as far away from Sevenoaks town as possible. We do not want them in or on the outskirts of Swanley thank you.
Perhaps the travelers/ gypsies don't want to come to Swanley, lets be honest who in their right mind would.
[quote][p][bold]disgruntres[/bold] wrote: And Sevenoaks wants to site them in Swanley! Swanley residents beware, all should immediately contact Sevenoaks with objections as Sevenoaks will do anything to olace them as far away from Sevenoaks town as possible. We do not want them in or on the outskirts of Swanley thank you.[/p][/quote]Perhaps the travelers/ gypsies don't want to come to Swanley, lets be honest who in their right mind would. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -4

1:26pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Well you would know all about cowboy builders ginge.
Well you would know all about cowboy builders ginge. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -18

11:17am Sat 21 Jun 14

Gypo.Joe says...

" where "


FAIL... as usual.

ROFLMAO.

I'm Spartacus !
" where " FAIL... as usual. ROFLMAO. I'm Spartacus ! Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -13

10:34am Tue 24 Jun 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
" where "


FAIL... as usual.

ROFLMAO.

I'm Spartacus !
Idiot......more like.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: " where " FAIL... as usual. ROFLMAO. I'm Spartacus ![/p][/quote]Idiot......more like. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 8

12:44pm Tue 24 Jun 14

kentlad says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
" where "


FAIL... as usual.

ROFLMAO.

I'm Spartacus !
Idiot......more like.
you took the words right out of my mouth, thank you :)

run along Gypo you fool!
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: " where " FAIL... as usual. ROFLMAO. I'm Spartacus ![/p][/quote]Idiot......more like.[/p][/quote]you took the words right out of my mouth, thank you :) run along Gypo you fool! kentlad
  • Score: 5

7:21pm Tue 15 Jul 14

mooro84 says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn
yeah we are all bored of it
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn[/p][/quote]yeah we are all bored of it mooro84
  • Score: 0

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