POLICE and council officers moved in at around 8am this morning (Wednesday) to evict a group of travellers who were "living illegally" on land near Brent Cross shopping centre.
Families living in around a dozen caravans and vehicles were evicted from waste land off Tilling Road, on the southern edge of the A406 North Circular near The Holiday Inn hotel.
Police say “substantial amounts” of rubbish have been fly-tipped on the land but that they have been unable to obtain statements as to who the cuplrits are.
For that reason the eviction was delayed for 24 hours during which time surveillance of the fly-tipping was undetaken.
Barnet Borough Commander, Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Rose said: “This morning we entered the site with the necessary evidence and served notices to leave. We are in the process of seizing two tipper trucks that we can identify were used to dump waste in the previous 24 hours.
“We are also still following up enquiries that will enable us to seize other vehicles that are no longer there.”
Police say illegal vehicles will either be crushed or sold to pay for repair of the damage to the land, which is owned by Barnet Council.
Meanwhile, police are urging members of the public to report waste crime. Signs that waste is being dumped illegally at a site include an increase in the number of lorries, and activity out of hours as well as water pollution and smoke.