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Watch drone footage of rubbish left by Travellers at Harold Hill pub

PUBLISHED: 12:06 01 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:56 04 June 2018

The rubbish left by travellers at the Pompadours pub in Harold Hill taken using a drone. Photo: Aerialdrone

The rubbish left by travellers at the Pompadours pub in Harold Hill taken using a drone. Photo: Aerialdrone

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The illegal group of Travellers that were camped in a Harold Hill pub for more than two months have finally moved on and left huge piles of rubbish behind.

Rubbish left by travellers at the Pompadours pub in Harold Hill. Photo: Ken MearsRubbish left by travellers at the Pompadours pub in Harold Hill. Photo: Ken Mears

The illegal group of Travellers that were camped in a Harold Hill pub for more than two months have finally moved on and left huge piles of rubbish behind.

Around eight caravans have been camped outside of the Pompadours pub on the corner of Edenhall Road, Bridgwater Road and Hilldene Avenue in Harold Hill since March.

The rubbish left by travellers at the Pompadours pub in Harold Hill taken using a drone. Photo: AerialdroneThe rubbish left by travellers at the Pompadours pub in Harold Hill taken using a drone. Photo: Aerialdrone

On Bank Holiday Monday (May 28) the group finally left the site.

Due to the site being privately owned Havering Council had previously been unable to get them off the land.

The rubbish left by travellers at the Pompadours pub in Harold Hill taken using a drone. Photo: AerialdroneThe rubbish left by travellers at the Pompadours pub in Harold Hill taken using a drone. Photo: Aerialdrone

However the landowner eventually managed to receive a court order, which meant the group had to leave.

After moving on the former pub has been left looking like a tip, with piles of rubbish surrounding the building.

The rubbish left by travellers at the Pompadours pub in Harold Hill taken using a drone. Photo: AerialdroneThe rubbish left by travellers at the Pompadours pub in Harold Hill taken using a drone. Photo: Aerialdrone

Drone footage taken by resident Jay Aztek Newman shows the extent of the mess left by the Travellers.

A Harold Hill resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “It’s disgusting.

The rubbish left by travellers at the Pompadours pub in Harold Hill taken using a drone. Photo: AerialdroneThe rubbish left by travellers at the Pompadours pub in Harold Hill taken using a drone. Photo: Aerialdrone

“I have to walk past the pub almost everyday and the mountain of rubbish they’re dumping is getting bigger and bigger.

“A lot of people around here feel exactly the same and we’ve just had enough of it.”

A group of residents gathered at the site in March to clear it up after piles of rubbish had been dumped, making the area look like an “eyesore”.

Not long after the land was cleared of waste, Travellers moved onto the site.

A petition was also set up asking for more to be done to get the Travellers off of the site which was signed by more than 900 concerned residents.

Chris Cooper, who set up the online petition, said: “Many local residents have seen the fly tipping that is occurring.

“Nothing is being done about it and the residents are now at breaking point that reside near it.

“The site has been empty since 2016 and is not secure.

“This problem is now affecting the area.

“Action needs to be taken.”

Speaking about the ongoing issue at the once popular Harold Hill pub, cabinet member for environment Councillor Osman Dervish said: “The council continues to support and work with the landowner to resolve this awful situation.

“We sympathise with business and residents for the cost and inconvenience this causes to the borough.

“We are looking for a long term solution to prevent this happening again.”

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