Travellers' arrival closes Northampton Saints car park

The travellers pitched up in the car park south of Franklin's Gardens
The travellers pitched up in the car park south of Franklin's Gardens

Travellers have pitched up in a car park in Northampton on Edgar Mobbs Way.

The group of 12 vans and other associated vehicles are parked on the Northampton Saints car park south of Franklin's Gardens and arrived late yesterday afternoon.

The travellers are on private land which belongs to Saints so the council's Countywide Traveller Unit can only an act in an advisory role.

A Northampton Saints spokesperson said: “We can confirm that travellers gained unauthorised access to car park D at Franklin’s Gardens on Monday.

"We are working with a bailiff company to evict the illegal encampment and notice has been served. We are confident this matter will be swiftly resolved and will have no effect on our next home game on Saturday.”

The parking spaces are also used for Northamptonshire County Council's Park and Ride service and the arrival of the travellers is understood to have resulted in the closure of the car park.

County council workers have had to find alternative parking in town.

Saints' next fixture is a home game against Wasps on Saturday, October 28.

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