Res­i­dents’ fears as trav­ellers move in

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TRAV­ELLERS have re­turned to South­port, prompt­ing fear among res­i­dents who say that they feel “in­tim­i­dated”.

A num­ber of trav­ellers have set up camp on land ad­ja­cent to Town Lane in Kew.

The Vis­iter un­der­stands that they ar­rived early on Satur­day (Au­gust 26), with a num­ber of mo­torhomes and car­a­vans ap­pear­ing on the site

One res­i­dent who con­tacted the Vis­iter said: “We felt ex­tremely in­tim­i­dated by the group and hur­ried past.

“My son was in floods of tears af­ter be­ing on the re­ceiv­ing end of some vul­gar lan­guage from one of them.

“It’s a dis­grace. They ‘party’ un­til late at night, blast­ing mu­sic, drink­ing, shouting and swear­ing.”

The ar­rival of un­wanted trav­ellers is not a new prob­lem for South­port.

In 2016 alone, coun­cil and po­lice of­fi­cers had to serve no­tices to a num­ber of il­le­gal camps, on sites such as the Tulketh Street car parks, the Splash World car park and the for­mer Kew park and ride site, as well as in the grounds of the for­mer School for Hear­ing Im­paired Chil­dren in Birk­dale.

A spokesman for Sefton Coun­cil said: “We were made aware of the ex­is­tence of trav­ellers at Town Lane play area yes­ter­day (Tues­day).

“As a re­sult we are us­ing our pow­ers un­der Sec­tion 77 of the Crim­i­nal Jus­tice and Pub­lic Or­der Act 1994 to fa­cil­i­tate their re­moval at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity that leg­is­la­tion al­lows”

The trav­ellers’ en­camp­ment in Town Lane, South­port

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