New defences prevent entry of travellers
New defences have prevented travellers from moving onto a car park at the South Bretton Playing Fields in Ringwood.
A Peterborough City Council spokeswoman said: “A group of travellers entered the gravel area of the car park at Bretton playing fields Tuesday night.
“They attempted to remove the bollards to gain access to the field whilst a bowls match was still being played.
“However, the defences were successful and they did not succeed in gaining access. Police were called to the incident as a result.”
A police spokesman said: “Officers did attend due to reports of criminal damage, but after arrival the officers confirmed there was no damage done.”
Last year, local football matches at Ringwood were disrupted when travellers moved onto the land.
Meanwhile, Bretton Water Park was shut from Wednesday to Friday last week after an unauthorised traveller encampment was set up in nearby Heltwate.
A council spokesman said the park was shut on health and safety grounds. The park was re-opened after a large amount of rubbish was cleared.
In addition, the council has started the eviction process to remove another unauthorised encampment in Langley, Bretton.