A Romany gypsy family which has been living in the Alkham area of the Dover district for decades claim discrimination against them has reached an all-time high after a series of recent complaints.

Their family's presence in the village dates back to the 1880s with headstones in the village graveyard dating back to 1935.

They have built up businesses in the area and permanently live in a hamlet in the northern section of the Ewell Minnis village.

But now tensions have reached boiling point and the family feel they are being deliberately picked on for their background, despite their historical links to the area.
Duane Beaney explained on behalf of his family: "Now they've got the association together and they're complaining.

"They've moved into a gypsy community. You have moved into our community and you're now saying you don't want gypsies around you?

"There's been five complaints last week and every one of them was about us. We went round and counted 16 caravans that weren't gypsies but they're complaining about our three or four.

Link: https://www.kentlive.news/news/kent-news/dover-romany-gypsy-family-describe-1970446

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