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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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