Travellers accused of ripping up wooden posts to gain access to Northampton park

Travellers have been accused of taking down wooden fencing around a Northampton park yesterday so they could drive caravans and mobile homes on site.

Thursday, 19th July 2018, 10:48 am
Updated Thursday, 19th July 2018, 4:08 pm
Travellers have torn up two fence posts to gain access to Abington Park.

More than 15 vehicles are now pitched up on Abington Park after the travellers gained access to the site at around 4pm yesterday (July 18).

Northampton Borough Council had installed the wooden fence posts last month to restrict travellers' access to the park.

Councillor Mike Hallam, cabinet member for environment, said: “The vandalism of any bollard is criminal damage, and this incident has been reported to the police. We are currently working with the police and relevant authorities to remove this unauthorised encampment as soon as possible.”

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Over 15 vehicles have been spotted on Abington Park.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “The Countywide Traveller Unit (CTU) has visited the unauthorised encampment of 12 caravans on Abington Park and are serving direction to vacate. We are working closely with Northamptonshire Police and other agencies with a view to move the encampment as soon as possible."