Though ethnically distinct from the Roma people, Irish Travelers (sometimes referred to as "Tinkers") are fighting a battle with authorities east of London to maintain their encampment at Dale Farm. Full story.
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An activist looks through barbed wire at the traveler settlement at Dale Farm near Basildon, in south-east England, as resident Kathleen McCarthy addresses the press, on Sept. 26. Residents battling eviction from Britain's biggest illegal travelers' site won yet another temporary reprieve on Monday as a judge granted them an extension on their injunction. Bailiffs acting for the Basildon Council local authority had been set to evict the Irish travellers last Monday, but a series of last-ditch legal moves have so far prevented the site being cleared.
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A young resident cycles through the main gate of the Dale Farm travelers' camp at Crays Hill on September 26 near Basildon, Essex, England.
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Activists rest inside a truck tire at a barricade Dale Farm travelers' camp at Crays Hill on September 26, near Basildon, Essex, England.
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March 1951: A family of Irish itinerants in County Clare. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5423 - Irish Tinkers - unpub.