Pad­lock bro­ken as trav­ellers move in

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

Trav­ellers moved onto land in Bret­ton af­ter cut­ting the pad­lock off a gate.

Po­lice have been in­formed af­ter en­camp­ments in Ring­wood ap­peared at the start of the week.

The site has proved pop­u­lar in the past with trav­ellers and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil said it will now be re­view­ing the de fences around the land to pre­vent fur­ther en­camp­ments.

A spokes­woman said: “Re­mov­ing trav­eller en­camp­ments is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the preven­tion and en­force­ment ser­vice which is made of of­fi­cers from the coun­cil, po­lice and fire ser­vice.

“The en­camp­ment and bro­ken lock were there­fore re­ported to the po­lice as part of our joint re­sponse.

“We con­tinue to work to­gether in or­der to re­move the en­camp­ment from the area as soon as is legally pos­si­ble .”

The coun­cil served no­tice to the trav­ellers on Tues­day for them to leave.

In June, it was re­ported that five car­a­vans in Ring­wood had been or­dered to leave by the coun­cil.

And in 2010, a league fix­ture be­tween West Town and Farcet United Re­serves had to be moved due to trav­ellers set­ting up camp on foot­ball pitches at the site.

A coun­cil scru­tiny com­mit­tee meet­ing last month passed a mo­tion for a work­ing group to re­con­vene in or­der to find more sites for trav­ellers to move on to with only one Emer­gency Stop­ping Place cur­rently avail­able.

The po­lice said it did not have a record of be­ing called to Ring­wood on Mon­day or Tues­day.

Trav­ellers who moved onto the Em­bank­ment ear­lier this week have also been served a no­tice to leave.

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