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Hippie army is on the move at last.

A Hippie army was finally on the move last night.

But the barricades were going up to try to stop the New Age travellers causing more chaos.

There was a pitched battle at the weekend when the hippies were joined by hundreds of students for an all-night rave.

Trouble flared when police moved in to seize an 8000-watt amplifier.

Officers were pelted by rocks and bottles.

There had already been complaints of travellers' dogs killing sheep and deer at Dunnichen Hill, near Forfar in Angus.

Now landowners at nearby Rossie Moor are worried that the hippies are heading their way.

It is believed they plan to hold a festival there next weekend.

The landowners have blockaded field gates with machinery, fallen trees, boulders and mounds of manure.

Charles Gow, whose farm borders Rossie Moor, said: "It would be a disaster if they descend on this area."

But many people who live near Dunnichen Hill back the travellers.

John Petrie, of the nearby Letham Hotel, said: "Some have been here for four weeks and they have been great.

"They spend money, and there has never been any bother."

And Ian McGhee, 33, who joined in the weekend party, said: "There was no trouble.

"I think a lot of people have the wrong idea."
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