Travellers

Facing Threats, Beatings And Intimidation, Europe's Roma 'Failed By EU'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK

The economic crisis in Europe is fuelling violent "pogroms" against Roma people across the continent, with some politicians encouraging intimidation, ...

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: A Minefield of Frustration for the Modern-Day Traveller

Thomas Drexler | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK
Thomas Drexler

At the moment, some transport modes, such as rail, are not yet fully integrated into the travel ecosystem. Travellers don't always know there is a potential train service for their particular journey, because it's just not visible at that particular point of the travel selection process. Rail operators need to make their information available and connect themselves with other transport modes in order to provide the customer with genuine choice.

Harsh Life Of Gypsies Revealed By First Census

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

The harsh reality of life as a gypsy has been revealed by the first census of the travelling community. They are in poorer health, are more likely ...

Travellers Say Focus On Ethnicity Of Children Is Playing On Prejudices

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK

BLOG: Do Roma gypsies really abduct children? The outcry over 'blonde-haired, blue-eyed' children living in gypsy camps is like something from Nazi...

Irish Roma Family Wait For DNA Tests On Blonde 'Daughter' Removed By Police

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK

A Roma family in Ireland who had a blonde, blue-eyed girl removed from them over concerns she was not theirs expects to hear today if she will be retu...

Roma Fear Reprisals As Couple Charged With Abduction Of Maria

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK

Roma gypsies living in a Greek camp are worried they will be all stigmatised as child traffickers after a couple was arrested and accused of abducting...

What Does HS2 Mean for the UK?

Thomas Drexler | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Politics
Thomas Drexler

Whilst I've worked in the rail industry for over a decade, I am first and foremost a rail traveller. And although I am currently living in Madrid, I am a regular traveller on the European rail network. So when I first heard about the proposed HS2 high-speed rail plans, one of my first thoughts was "what will this do for me?"

Print, Prejudice and the Struggle for Sites: The Ugly Face of Localism

Joe Cottrell-Boyce | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Cottrell-Boyce

Last month, Inside Housing reported that only 101 of the 597 Traveller pitches allocated government funding in England since 2012 have managed to secure planning permission. Without permission, it is unlikely any of the remainder will go ahead; another broken promise in the ongoing struggle for adequate Traveller accommodation in the UK.

Congratulations, First Great Western, You Just Lost A Regular Customer

Bidisha | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK
Bidisha

"Welcome to this 13:30 First Great Western service from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington, arriving at London Paddington at 15:14. The quiet c...

A Real Solution to the 'Blight' of Unauthorised Traveller Sites

Joe Cottrell-Boyce | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Cottrell-Boyce

In a way, Eric Pickles has a point. The dire shortage of legal traveller sites in England is a blight on our society; fuelling social-exclusion and appalling health and educational outcomes for gypsy and traveller communities.

Trains Standing Room Only For Many Travellers

Posted 24.07.2013 | UK

More than 100,000 London-bound rail commuters - a fifth of the overall total - have to stand at the busiest times of the morning rush-hour, according ...

Student Makes First In Traveller History By Graduating From Cambridge

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A woman who made history by becoming the first traveller to study at Cambridge University has gone on to gain a first in history, and made her mum cry...

10 Spanish Villages for a Sunny Summer Escape

minube | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
minube

For decades, Spain has been one of Europe's top destinations for summer travellers looking to to enjoy her beaches, cuisine, world-class museums, and ...

Multifaceted, Beautiful and Inspiring - Community Channel Portrays the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities

Caroline Diehl | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Caroline Diehl

Britain's 300,000 Gypsies, Roma and Travellers are cited by Travellers' Times (Britain's only national magazine for the community) as the 'most misunderstood and misrepresented community in the UK'. So we decided to dedicate a season of films to try to redress the imbalance, and give our Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities a platform from which they can tell their own stories.

Councils To Be Given Stronger Powers Over Travellers' Sites

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.03.2013 | UK

Councils are to be given stronger powers to stop the setting up of illegal travellers' sites, in a bid to stop another case like Dale Farm. Local a...

£500k Legal Aid For Rich Travellers Who Exploited Homeless Into Forced Labour

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK

A family of millionaire travellers jailed for forcing vulnerable men to work for a pittance have been given nearly £500,000 in legal aid, it has emer...

Traveller Family Jailed Over Forced Labour Exploitation

PA | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK

A traveller family who lived a luxurious lifestyle at the expense of vulnerable men forced to work for a pittance are beginning prison sentences of up...

Jessica Elgot

'The Last Year Has Been Torture'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK

Two-by-two, lines of caravans fill Oak Lane, housing up to 20 families. They are travellers, forced out of Dale Farm a year ago, but they have not bee...

Top Gear Strikes Again With 'Pikey' Jibe

The Huffington Post UK | David Hobbs | Posted 01.06.2012 | UK

Oh dear, here we go again - another Top Gear gaffe. Well, it has been a few weeks since the last one. This time it was Richard 'the hamster' Hammon...

Derby Schools Close As Travellers Park On Playing Fields

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 31.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Schools in Derbyshire were forced to close after travellers parked their caravans and motorhomes on playing fields. Pupils at three schools in Long...

Vulnerable Workers Kept 'In Fear' By Traveller Family

PA | Posted 23.05.2012 | UK

Vulnerable men were enslaved and exploited by a family of travellers who made them work from sunrise to sunset with no pay, live in tents and suffer b...

Travellers Took In Homeless Man, Made Him Their Slave

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2012 | UK

A destitute man was plucked from the streets by a traveller family, forced to work as a "slave" and "mentally tortured", a court heard today. The m...

'Protect Human Rights Of Terrorism Suspects'

Huffington Post UK / PA | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK

The human rights of suspected terrorists, illegal immigrants and gypsies should all be given better protection in the UK, a report said today. The ...

UK 'Violated' Gypsies' Rights

PA | Posted 01.03.2012 | UK

Europe's human rights watchdog has accused Britain of undermining the rights of gypsies and travellers to adequate housing. Thomas Hammarberg, Comm...

Why I've Stopped Watching My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

Ali Schofield | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK Entertainment
Ali Schofield

I won't be watching the new series, though. The advertising billboards, stating 'BIGGER, FATTER, GYPSIER' disgust me and have resulted in complaints to the Advertising Standards Agency. I wish I could take credit for the defaced poster I spotted on Chapeltown Road in Leeds, which has 'MORE RACIST' graffitied under the strapline