It is Britain’s biggest unauthorised travellers’ site.
But the fear is that Dale Farm could turn into a battleground today as bailiffs try to evict dozens of families who say they are determined to stay.
Up to 400 people have been living in the former scrapyard in the southern English county of Essex.
Many are barricading themselves in. They have promised peaceful resistance but riot police are on standby in case clashes break out.
Half of the site is legal. Efforts to clear the other half have been condemned by protest groups, actress Vanessa Redgrave and a United Nations committee.
But after winning a decade-long legal battle, the local council insists this is purely a planning dispute, with the travellers breaking the law by building illegally on Green Belt land.