In the last few months the number of unauthorised Gypsy and traveller camps in Devon has soared - and at the same time there have been increasingly angry and abusive comments on social media.
There are currently 10 Gypsy caravans parked in the Quay West Car Park behind Goodrington and there have been accusations that they have cut down trees in the area.
We went to talk to the people living in the car park to ask them about the accusations and about their lifestyle. When I arrived there were spread out caravans, some works vans and machinery, washing strung between trees and lots of dogs.
The men were all out at work but there were lots of mums and children and some of the women did not want to speak to a journalist - but they pointed to one caravan where they thought I might get somebody willing to talk.
I went over and knocked on the door and met mum-of-10 Sharlene, 41, who was getting her two youngest children into clean clothes and nappies for the day.
Sharlene invited me to take a seat on her caravan doorstep and gave a fascinating insight into her life as a 'proper Welsh and English Romany Gypsy'. She was happy to answer allegations about tree-cutting and mess left behind, and to explain why the travelling community come and goes.
She said she tries not read the angry Facebook comments, but was happy to talk, and to put the other side of the story because she felt her people are frequently judged and meet discrimination and racism. And she believes most of the negativity is based on ignorance.
She started by describing the difference between the different types of Romanies, Gypsies, tinkers and new age travellers.
She said her family were the 'proper Welsh and English Romany Gypsies' and her husband would be angry if he was described as a 'traveller'.
"Some settle in one place and some of us choose not to settle in one place winter or summer.
"We travel around because we want to show the children what our culture is about. We are just the same as other cultures who choose to go back and show their children where they come from. It's out way of life. We are born and bred in this country but we still have to show them our heritage. It's always been the same with the Gypsies.
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"The problem is that the councils are more ignorant and they don't provide us with places to stop - there's less places to pull into now.
"I have 10 children - six boys and four girls and I'm ready to be a granny soon. My eldest son is married and he's moved out but the other nine live here with us.
"I don't send my children to school because I'm home educating them myself."
On the subject of mess she said: "I don't believe in leaving mess. I like to leave my rubbish tied up. You cannot put your rubbish in a bin if you haven't got a bin. People who complain about us - it's just another type of racism."
We asked Sharlene how she feels about the way Gypsies are discussed by the media and on social networks: "We don't choose to live how society lives. That means when somebody does something wrong we stick out like a sore thumb.
"Most people are brought up in a tiny little bubble. Nowadays there are many homeless people out there - many children are being pushed into that lifestyle when they leave home."
On accusations that trees have been cut down she said: "We don't cut down trees for firewood. We don't cook on new wood - that doesn't burn. We cook on wood that's fallen and we find that on the ground."
On criticism that Gypsies pay no tax, she had this to say: "I'm lucky that my husband can provide for me and my 10 children and we don't have to take government money.
"We don't have to go to food banks. I have seen that there are now baby banks being started for nappies and baby milk because even people who work all day get universal credit and are in poverty in this country now - I saw one mum saying she had to water down baby milk to make it last.
"The tax payers don't have to pay for me to have children or feed them. People assume that we get government money but we don't - if you've got no address how do you get government money?
"We pay our insurance and road tax like everybody else.
"We don't take any notice of all the people on Facebook - if you took notice of everything people said you would sit and cry.
"The Lord didn't put us here to be selfish and judgmental. The only person who can judge you is the Lord upstairs when you get there."
On why the family chose Goodrington, Sharlene said: "I would like to be able to afford to buy myself a piece of land and settle down, but the council's don't give us permission - even if we can afford it. When travellers are trying to buy a piece of land they should allow it.
She said and her family had just arrived at Goodrington the night before: "We just drive into a town and we will go and have a look around. I only came here late last night.
"Work is what makes us come and go. My husband went to college and he's a tree surgeon.
"Today it's a sunny day and I can see the sea. I will take the children down to the beach later - what could be better.
"My home's not lovely - I could do with a new one - but it's solid. There are 11 of us living in here and we all muggle in together, just like people in houses used to be, all the children in one bed.
"It doesn't matter what you have in life. Money doesn't make you happy.
"As long as my children's fed and well and got a bit of warmth - what more could I want? Look at my children all happy and smiling and got their good health."
Sharlene explained that the Welsh and English Romany Gypsies are different from the Irish ones: "The English and Welsh you will always see with their chickens and their dogs.
"The Romany Gypsies were the proper Gypsies. My husband is a proper Romany Gypsy - the Prices - there's not many of his breed left.
"My husband would go off his head if he's called a traveller - travellers are New Age people who used to live in houses.
"People are ignorant about our lifestyle. There is too much ignorance in this world. Look how much judgement and violence there is in this country - we can't even agree on a Brexit."
On why people don't like Gypsies living near them: "We are a loud people. We talk loud. People think we are having a row when we're just talking loud to each other.
"People don't want us living next door to them on a housing estate."
She said: "We are all one family and know who we are. I could leave my little boy out playing in the dark and know he's being watched. We know who everybody is and we know there's no paedophile living next door. If there are people like that they are banished from out communities. We don't allow people who would hurt our children.
"We mix with other groups but we all know who we are."
A Torbay Council spokesperson said: “We must work within the law in order to remove any illegal encampment. The legal requirements are such that removing an encampment involves a number of steps, which can take a certain period of time.
“We visited Paignton Green as soon as we were alerted to the encampment and assessed the needs of the travellers. Following this, we advised partner agencies of the encampment and requested the attendance of health visitors to make an assessment.
“Once the relevant welfare checks have been undertaken, we will be able to make a decision on whether eviction is appropriate based on the travellers’ statutory needs. Following this decision, we can begin the process to regain possession of the land in the County Court. Once a possession order is granted the travellers will be told to leave.”
“An explanation of the process and our current position in that process can be found here."
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