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Published on : Monday, July 25, 2016
Tourists from the Gypsy and traveller community allegedly pelted trainee pilots with stones and verbal abuses at RAF Mona airfield in Anglesey. The RAF claimed that the pilots were attacked in the airbase with stones thrown using slingshots by the travellers.
The accusation was made by RAF while consulting with Anglesey Council on a plan to allow Mona Industrial Estate to build a permanent Gypsy and traveller site.
One of the senior members of RAF Valley stated that previously travellers to the Mona Industrial Estate verbally abused 2474 (Cefni) Squadron Air Cadets and pelted them with stones using sling shots.
He also informed that over last three years the travellers at the site in Mona caused numerous issues including ‘fly tipping’ and ‘trespassing’.
According to the source, allowing a permanent traveller site could increase risks of runway incursion and damage to the aircrafts.
After the incident, the Ministry of Defence formally objected to any proposals for camps adjacent to RAF Mona. They also stated that the rubbish thrown by the tourists over the fences attracts birds, which causes danger to the aircrafts.
A citizen member of Conwy’s Gypsy and Traveller working group, Paul Luckock hoped the harassment cases were reported to the police before. He added that potential gypsy and traveller sites should be considered on planning grounds.
On Monday 25th July, the executive committee of Anglesey council will meet to decide about the site in Holyhead area.