Travellers evicted from Dale Farm encampment have been let off a £4million debt by officials — leaving locals to pay up

TRAVELLERS evicted from a huge encampment have been let off a £4million debt by officials —   leaving locals to pay up.

More than 1,000 were sent packing from the Dale Farm site in Essex after a heated 2011 battle.

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Travellers were evicted from Dale Farm after a heated battle in late 2011[/caption]

Officials vowed to claw back the costs. But it has now emerged Basildon Council gave up af­ter realising the difficulties of chasing the travellers.

Official documents say: “For a number of reasons it was decided no further action would be taken.”

Tory Councillor Chris Jackman, who represents residents, said: “It’s a dereliction of duty and slap in the face of taxpayers.”

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The travellers have now been let off a huge £4million debt by officials[/caption]

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Police and bailiffs were embroiled in the heated battle at the giant encampment in 2011[/caption]

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Basildon locals will now shoulder the cost of the 2011 eviction[/caption]

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Basildon Council gave up af­ter realising the difficulties of chasing the travellers for the money[/caption]

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