British riot police move in to clear illegal homes at center of controversy (video).

British riot police moved in Wednesday morning to clear a…

British riot police moved in Wednesday morning to clear a controversial group of illegal homes after a long legal battle — and despite the United Nations’ urging for a different resolution.

Smoke rose from the Dale Farm compound in Essex, about 30 miles east of London, as police dragged people out. An elderly woman in a wheelchair was among those removed.

At least one mobile home was set on fire.

The eviction “threatens 83 families with homelessness,” residents of Dale Farm said in a statement early Wednesday.

Source: Richard Allen Greene for CNN.

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