Man arrested for trying to attack police car as officers evict Travellers from park

Man arrested for trying to attack police car as officers evict Travellers from park

A MAN was arrested after trying to damage a police car while rowing with police as officers evicted Travellers from a park.

Michael McDonagh, 19, from Manchester has been charged with a section four public order offence and with attempting to commit criminal damage.

He will appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, August 28.

Officers from Derbyshire Police attended Chaddesden Park in Derbyremonstrate on Sunday after reports that a number of caravans were setting up close to the park's football fields.

“As soon as we heard that a group of people may be trespassing on the park we attended to explain to them that they were trespassing and the standard of behaviour expected from them if they were to stay there whilst eviction proceedings were being taken,” said PC Mark Atterbury from the Chaddesden Safer Neighbourhood Team

“One young man was arrested as he remonstrated with the officers and tried to damage the police car.”

When officers from the team returned to the park the following day, they found what appeared to be human waste close to the four caravans and camper van.

“The occupants of the caravans were given very clear instructions on the standard of behaviour expected of them,” said PC Atterbury.

“What we saw this morning (Monday) was a clear breach of these standards and so they were all instructed to leave.”

The group left the park at around 11.15am on Monday after officers served notice to the group to leave using powers under Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

Officials from Derby City Council’s Street Pride had to be drafted in to clean the area afterwards.