BREAKING NEWS: Travellers set up camp in Findon Valley

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A GROUP of travellers have set up camp on land at The Gallops, in Findon Valley.

Maggie Winter, from Findon Valley Residents Association, called the Herald to say the unauthorised campers began moving onto the site earlier today (Tuesday, June 19).

She said: “The Gallops are part of the South Downs National Park and is open access land for the public to enjoy.

“The travellers are camped across a bridle path and have set up dog kennels, chicken coops and washing lines.”

A Worthing Borough Council spokeswoman said: “Approximately 16 travellers with caravans have illegally moved on to The Gallops.

“Police and council officers have held discussions with the group and instructed immediate legal proceeding to begin to evict them as soon as possible.”

In 2009, travellers set up camp on The Gallops, before moving to Cissbury Ring where an eviction order was served.