TRAVELLERS allowed to pitch caravans 20ft from an airport now refuse to leave — despite fears they could cause a crash.
Council chiefs let travellers Thomas Bibby and wife Sacha live in the safety zone around Norwich Airport to make sure their human rights were “safeguarded”.
However, they have now been told to move on amid fears debris blowing off their camp could damage planes.
But the Bibbys refuse to go, saying they are facing “prejudice” and have vowed to take their fight to the High Court.
The set-to could end in taxpayers facing a potential legal bill of millions to remove them.
Dad-of-one Mr Bibby, 37, moved to the site in October 2017 and claims the land is his, but official records show no owner.
He said: “I don’t want it to be a gypsy site, I want it for my family.
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"It’s not about permission, it’s prejudice against gypsies.”
After letting them stay in 2018, Norwich council ordered they leave last July.
An appeal was dismissed and the family told they must go by 2021.