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Va. State Police break up I-95 homeless camps

Thursday - 3/31/2011, 7:46pm  ET

DALE CITY, Va. -- Virginia State Police removed a group of homeless camps from the Interstate 95 interchange at Dale Boulevard Thursday.

A state police spokeswoman said out of the 36 campsites within the four "clover leaf" islands and on adjacent Virginia Department of Transportation property, most were already abandoned.

People found living on the property were allowed the rest of the day to pack up their personal belongings and relocate.

According to state police, those still on state property "were very cooperative and compliant with the trooper's requests to leave."

Troopers explained to those living on the property that illegally inhabiting state property is defined as trespassing.

People had been walking across the I-95/Dale Boulevard on and off-ramps to access the campsites, said a state police spokesman. Their actions were endangering themselves, as well as motorists.

Troopers issued 21 trespassing notices, which are written warnings that a second offense will result in a formal charge of trespassing.

No citations were issued and no one was taken into custody, the spokeswoman said.

VDOT removed any remaining property left behind by those living on the property.

Beginning March 21, State Police drove around the clover leaf islands to warn those living illegally that they would need to relocate by March 31.

State police also contacted a nearby county shelter and local police to notify them of the upcoming evacuations.

Everyone left the site by 5 p.m. Thursday.

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