Ross-on-Wye Town Council granted possession of bandstand

By Ross Gazette reporter in Crime

Possession of the bandstand and the Caroline Symonds Garden was granted to Ross-on-Wye Town Council on June 16th, 2017 on the grounds that the defendant, Samantha Lamputt was a trespasser, a judge at Gloucester County Court told the Ross Gazette.

A woman who has set up camp at the Caroline Symonds Garden in Ross-on-Wye was not breaking any laws, police said at the Ross Town Council meeting on Monday, June 12th. PC Shirley Peters said that the police have looked into every offence to find a way to move her. However Ross Town Council took civil action to secure her eviction.

Town Council officers visited the woman, Samantha Lamputt, several times and suggested various ways she could get help. There have also been offers of help made through other organisations, however the Gazette understands they have all been refused.

Ross SNT confirmed that camping on land belonging to someone else, and not committing any other offence, is a civil matter. They added that if the woman creates a problem then she can be arrested for Breach of the Peace at the time, but, as yet she has not caused any issues. They said that Ross Town Council has started the correct eviction procedure.

The case was heard at Gloucester County Court on Friday, June 16th at 10am.

A spokesperson for Ross-on-Wye Town Council said that the order means that Samntha can use the Caroline Symonds Garden, Long Acre and the Ropewalk as amenities, the same way any other person can, but if she leaves her belongings or camps in these areas she will be in breach of the order.

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