A member of the now infamous British tourist group accused of causing chaos around Auckland and Hamilton is reportedly from a traveller camp in England despised by locals over anti-social behaviour, UK media reported today.
The tourists have been accused of ripping off multiple restaurants in New Zealand and becoming aggressive when confronted about littering at Auckland's Takapuna Beach.
Multiple members of the group were served a deportation notice by Immigration New Zealand on Tuesday. Member Tina Maria Cash, 26, was served her notice in Hamilton District Court yesterday, as she plead guilty to two theft charges.
The Sun Online reports Cash lived with her family on a traveller site near Lutterworth, Leicestershire, where police are reportedly set to hold a public forum because of crime concerns.
A woman at the site told The Sun Cash lived at the camp about 18 months ago.
"It’s terrible. She’s a nice girl, you know what I mean," the woman said. "She is a nice girl, honestly she is. Sometime you can just mix with the wrong people, it’s as simple as that."
A local resident, too scared to be named, told The Sun Online: "They copulate, defecate and urinate. It is never-ending.
"We’ve had sheep chased and killed by their dogs, they’ve used our land to take drugs and farming equipment has been going missing."
The local resident said the younger ones "do whatever they want to do".
"If I go out into the village, I’m always worried to go home because of what I might find ... it’s scary," the resident told the newspaper. "They seem to be able to ride roughshod over everyone who lives around here.
"I’ve heard so many stories of stealing, fighting and intimidating. Something needs to be done."
A shop worker in the area - who again didn’t want to be named - recounted to The Sun Online a time in which kids from the camp had gone inside the business and started booting a football around.
The behaviour mimicked that of what was seen around New Zealand - with video footage showing an eight-year-old-boy making threats to a local woman after she asked the family to pick up their rubbish, and children caught on CCTV footage stealing a Christmas tree from a petrol station.
Photo and video footage also shows a young child from the group pulling the finger at media outside court yesterday.
The shop owner told The Sun Online the children had "no fear".
"They just do what they want to," he said. "They have no-one to answer to. If you try and say anything, you get a mouthful. People are scared."
Here in New Zealand, Cash was charged with stealing Red Bull, rope and sunglasses from an Auckland petrol station. She was ordered to pay $55.20 in reparations.