Travellers who have dodged Northampton car park fares for three days issued with court papers to leave

A group of travellers who have been pitched up in one of Northampton's busiest car parks since Friday have been given 24 hours to move on.

Monday, 16th October 2017, 4:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:30 pm
The traveller encampment in the Mounts has been given orders to move on.

The six-caravan encampment pitched up in the Mounts car park early on Friday morning and have since received several visits from the police.

Today, RSPCA inspectors have attended the Northampton Borough Council-owned car park to discuss the welfare of three dogs there.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire's Countywide Traveller Unit said: “The unauthorised encampment on Victoria Road has been visited and assessed by the Countywide Travellers Unit. Proceedings have begun to serve a section 71 notice, which gives the Travellers 24 hours to move from the site.

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The group has been handed a section 71 notice to move.

"If the site is not vacated within this time, further formal proceedings will be taken.”

Several people have contacted the Chronicle and Echo to complain as the encampment appears to have avoided receiving a parking ticket.

Had the caravan owners paid for their stay in the car park, it would have cost them xxx.

RSPCA officers have visited the site today.
The group has been handed a section 71 notice to move.
RSPCA officers have visited the site today.