The bailiffs remained calm as they approached the travellers’ camp, where they were met by a gang of aggressive men demanding they leave the field immediately.
In the heated exchange, the men tried to intimidate the enforcement officers by throwing insults and threats while one man – seen dresses in a red t-shirt and red shorts – waved a wooden bat at officers.
The footage shows him swinging the bat violently towards the bailiffs, while another man tries to block the team from moving forward during the despite.
The dramatic footage was filmed in a field in Taunton, Somerset during the summer by Bristol-based enforcement firm Able Investigations, which specialises in evicting travellers and squatters.
Founder Steve Wood, 56 released the video to highlight the conditions bailiffs find themselves in on a day-to-day basis.
He said: “The majority of travellers aren”t a problem but we were warned that these were potentially violent.
“We went with a team of ten and there were 15-20 of them. It was a five-hour stand-off and we had to stand our ground. They left eventually.”
In one clip, one traveller can be heard calling a bailiff a “monkey in a suit”, telling him he would be going nowhere and daring the officer to touch his caravan.
Another traveller can also be seen thrusting his forehead on the bailiff’s head before telling him to “get the f*** out of here.”
Mr Wood, a veteran enforcement officer, is now one of the country”s leading experts in the field of enforcement around the removal of travellers and protesters from sites.
During his job as a bailiff he has had three guns pulled on him over the years, seen countless knives and been punched on a number of occasion.
And he claims many are unaware of the law when it comes to being evicted, which often make this job more difficult.
He said: “There are a lot of misunderstandings about travellers
“If they rock up on to private land you don”t need a court order to get them off – though local authorities tend to prefer to go down that route on council land.
“On private land, under common law, a bailiff can give travellers an hour”s notice to be moved on. We do three or four a week across the country and it seems to be a growing problem.”
He added: “Unfortunately bailiffs have this reputation of being thugs in leather jackets, and it”s just not the case at all.
“I had to study for a level two NVQ in bailiff law, go through all kinds of checks and screenings and even stand before a district judge and answer a series of test questions from him on the law before I was given a licence to practice.
“What”s more I have to renew the process every couple of years to keep it up to date. It”s a highly professional field.”