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“"whats wrong with travellers in gloucester ?
Well u only have to consider the trial at Bristol Crown Court to find the answer
where a family called Connors are being prosecuted for servitude & slavery to unfortunete
disadvantaged persons following the death of one of them
The trial is being reported by thisisgloucester very well but the wider media are low key presumably due to to reporting resrictions.
One needs to pretty strong to follow the statements given by the victims who have suffered the most horrendous treatment by these people.
It is a concern that all of the incriminting evidence is not being presented but hopefully the Crown Procecution have enough to convict."”

By johnnic3 Posted: October 22, 2012


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  • Bonkim2003  |  October 23 2012, 9:21AM

    It is a blot on the traveller communities, but tarring all with the same brush is not the answer. Ethnic Gypsies do not associate with Irish Travellers, and there are New Age Travellers, and other travelling Groups with their distinct characteristics. Travelling Groups, seasonal workers, show-men and other nomadic tribes have all been a colourful part of British life for centuries, persecuted, tolerated and discriminated in degrees. Many are illiterate, engage in occasional work/low level criminality, but with strong bonds to their culture - the Bristol trial is that of a section that are criminals by any name and hope get their just deserts. Those living within the sites are also to be blamed to some extent for putting up with the criminality in their midst. Equally there are many from the travelling communities who are educated, trades, and professionals, settled down and given their life and limb for Queen and Country. The real challenge is how do you wean them off their nomadic ways and integrate with mainline British life. The freedoms enjoyed in past decades when farmers allowed them to stay during winter on their land and offered seasonal work are long gone, and local authorities have failed to allocate sufficient sites as was previously required under prevailing legislation, due mainly due to local prejudices - these prejudices are reinforced by cases such as the present one of engaging in slavery. Hope the Gypsy and traveller communities sort out the rotten eggs from within their communities as such instances drag the whole lot down. Unless they adapt and change, bleak future for all such minority groups who self-seggregate thmselves from main-stream life.

  • EnglishRose26  |  November 07 2012, 3:19PM

    I know one of the men who lived on the Staverton site and worked with the Connors', there was no slavery! He always spoke of Mr & Mrs Connors with the utmost respect and was free to come and go as he pleased. I have been in utter disbelief since this news broke.

  • johnnic3  |  November 11 2012, 9:52AM

    Nobody worked with the Connors They are on trial charged with servitude and slavery. If anyone knows of anyone who was not mistreated by them it should be reported and given in evidence


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