Right-wing campaigners are exploiting a myth already debunked by the Chad to spread fear of a supposed ‘flux of migrants’ into Sherwood Forest.
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The far-right Party known for bursting into mosques and operating ‘Christian Patrols’ has leafleting residents on a campaign to ‘shut down illegal migrant camp’ in Sherwood Forest which the Chad has already found do not exist.
After a previous video of the group abusing a homeless couple, deputy leader, Jayda Fransen has now released footage claiming numerous residents have been reporting the ‘real issue’, although police and Forestry officials have already refuted claims that anyone is living in the woodland and residents have no need for concern.
The Chad first learned of the reports of a large group living in the forest near Meden Vale on social media and the man who was making the claims offered to show us the scenes of alleged camp sites – including a treehouse which was late found to be constructed by local teens in 2010.
Alan, who asked to withhold his surname, claimed to have seen a group of people, described as Eastern European, living in the woodland near Meden Vale. He said one group in particular may include more than 20 people including men, women and children, he said, who had been seen with deer caught in the forest and have reportedly cut down trees. Describing the groups as ‘desperate’, he believed they were homeless and possibly even commuting to nearby Shirebrook.
When we accepted an invitation to view the sites, we found evidence of small campfires and a large amount of alcohol cans – suggesting the site was used by young people for socialising.
Retiree Alan, 66, had previously claimed: “There’s maybe more than 20, living in the forest and causing damage. They’re chopping down trees, killing pheasant and my friend Richard has seen them with a deer hanging. There were women and children there.
“I’ve seen a woman come through the gate and stroll into the woods with bags of shopping. I think they’re camping out here at night and going off to work in the morning.”
“The Forestry people don’t do anything about it because they’re voting ‘in’,” he added.
The group of friends who built the treehouse have condemned the response to the baseless reports.
Jessica Rimmington, now 22, used to join the group for nights in the forest when she was a teenager.
She said: “It was built for such a beautiful reason, with the end of a group of teenagers’ summers together before they went on to begin adult life. “I think it’s disgusting that someone’s made such a silly story up. I’m very tired of people arguing with me and saying ‘yes people are living up there’ when it’s quite blatant that they are not.”
“His (the source’s) assumption to blame foreigners is disgusting and embarrassing. The man in the video should be ashamed of himself. He has concocted a wonderfully entertaining story to express his anti-EU view however that is all that it is, a fictional story.
“The truth in his tale is as real as unicorns and fairies.”
County council leader Alan Rhodes said: “The story is fantasy. It’s untrue and actually I’m very concerned because Sherwood Forest Country Park is a lovely safe place for families to go and enjoy a day out.
“I would encourage people to do that and to ignore these nonsensical stories of migrant camps.”
Nottinghamshire Police and the Forestry Commission confirmed there had never been any known migrant camps in the forest.
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