Gypsies spared jail

A group of Gypsies were spared jail by a High Court judge last week after refusing to vacate an illegal site on green belt land in Surrey. They were given three months to leave in November and a further two months to restore the land to its previous condition. Surrey Heath Borough Council asked the judge to jail them for contempt of court when they ignored the orders. But the judge gave them a further two months to leave, saying it would be "too severe" to jail them immediately. If they do not meet the revised deadline they will be sent to jail, he stressed.

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