Family branded 'worse than pigs' and deported while on holiday spark fresh fury

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Joe Doran and his family were involved in a series of ugly incidents in New Zealand
Joe Doran and his family were involved in a series of ugly incidents in New Zealand

A man whose unruly family was deported from a foreign holiday after allegedly threatening locals has now been accused of intimidating residents in the UK.

Patrick Doran and his clan were branded the "holidaymakers from hell" when they were kicked out of New Zealand for allegedly threatening people, stealing from a service station and refusing to pay for food in 2019.

Since then, he is said to have disturbed residents in rural Worcestershire and, now it has emerged Mr Doran, thought to be in his early 30s, is accused of menacing behaviour in Lincolnshire. He is using the name Alan Gray, which also appears on a planning application submitted to the local council requesting a change of use to grazing land he bought in Stickney, Lincolnshire, to a site with nearly 30 stands for static homes and touring caravans.

Family branded 'worse than pigs' and deported while on holiday spark fresh fury eideziqkeiqhhinvThe Doran family had been linked to a string of incidents in New Zealand, and a petition was launched to boot them out of the country

Locals in the village told Daily Mail a photograph of Mr Doran taken four years ago in Worcestershire showed the man was now living under a different name in the area. None of the neighbours wanted to be named, reportedly for fear of reprisals.

But Mr Doran, who is part of the traveller community, denied claims of bullying behaviour, insisting he and his family intend to "live there in peace". East Lindsey District Council says it has not given "Mr Gray" permission to use the land as yet. One Stickney resident told the publication: "Alan Gray put his fingers to the side of his head, mimicking a gun."

'My selfish neighbour stole our parking spot - my revenge means he'll regret it''My selfish neighbour stole our parking spot - my revenge means he'll regret it'

A source familiar with the case in Stickney said: "When he bought the land he's on at the moment, everyone assumed it would continue to be used for storage and grazing. Instead he's started building on it illegally. He's also been threatening people in the area." Lincolnshire Police confirmed complaints had been received and it was investigating them.

The planning application submitted by "Alan Gray" to East Lindsey District Council on July 11 outlines plans for hardstanding for seven static caravans and up to 20 touring caravans, plus a wash block and dayroom. "If he gets the planning permission he wants, there could be dozens of people living there," one Stickney local said.

The Dorans were branded "trash" and "worse than pigs" by the mayor of Auckland when they were ejected from New Zealand in January 2019.

East Lindsey District Council and Lincolnshire Constabulary have been approached independently by Mirror regarding the claims. Mr Doran, though, claimed the council had "offered a transit site" for him and his family to "live there in peace" - but the authority reportedly rejects this notion.

Family branded 'worse than pigs' and deported while on holiday spark fresh furyThe family faced accusations of trashing a beach in New Zealand, something they denied

When approached by Mail about the claims about menacing behaviour, the dad denied them and said: "You're destroying my business. You're destroying my life."

An East Lindsey District Council spokesman said: "The council has not told Mr Gray that he can be offered the land for use as a transit site, nor given any permissions for work that has taken place there. An application for the site has been submitted on July 11. However, it is currently invalid and further information is required before it can start to be determined.

"The Planning Enforcement team also have an ongoing enforcement case for the site." Lincolnshire Police confirmed complaints had been made against Mr Doran, saying: "We are aware of this and investigations are ongoing."

Bradley Jolly

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