England: Judge accused of insulting traveller community cleared

A judge accused of insulting the traveller community has been cleared by a judicial watchdog, The Brief reports.

Timothy Spencer QC made a “very damaging” statement according to the complaint when sentencing 11 members of the Rooney family at Nottingham Crown Court in September.

As he jailed them for a total of 79 years, he said: “You claim that what went on … was no different from what was going on at any travellers camp around the country – that all travellers had workers operating under similar conditions. Sadly I very much fear that you may be correct on that.”

The complaint was lodged by the National Alliance of Gypsy Traveller and Roma Women with the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office stating there was no proof the behaviour was prevalent in the community.