Travellers have been told to leave Delapre Park in Northampton or have their vehicles seized

Travellers have been given until 10am on Friday, April 10, to vacate Delapre Park. Picture courtesy of Twitter.
Travellers have been given until 10am on Friday, April 10, to vacate Delapre Park. Picture courtesy of Twitter.

Travellers who pitched caravans on Delapre Park in Northampton last night have been given until 10am tomorrow to leave.

A group of around six caravans gained entry to the Northampton Borough Council-owned park by the historic abbey, off London Road, last night at around 6.30pm.

Police were informed and officers arrived shortly after the vehicles had moved onto the site.

A spokesperson for Northamptonshire County Council said the authority is working with police to move the travellers on.

A spokesperson said: “A public order notice has been served by Northamptonshire Police and the Countywide Traveller Unit which takes effect at 10am tomorrow (Friday).

“If the group refuses to vacate the site by that time, they can be arrested and we have the power to seize the vehicles.”

Councillor Brendan Glynane (Lib Dem, Delapre) has described the actions of the travellers as ‘outrageous’, as he believes a perimeter fence may have been pulled down to gain access to the land.

He said: “Yes we have to respect the rights of travellers, but they also have to show responsibility.

“This is one of Northampton’s premier parks, it’s disgraceful.”

Northampton Borough Council did no wish to comment on the matter.

The field travellers pitched caravans on will play host to the Alive @ Delapre concert in July.