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UPDATE: Travellers moved on by police

TRAVELLERS ARRIVE AGAIN AT NEPCOTE IN FINDON THIS AFTERNOON 24-6-14 SUS-140624-172400001

TRAVELLERS ARRIVE AGAIN AT NEPCOTE IN FINDON THIS AFTERNOON 24-6-14 SUS-140624-172400001

The travellers at Nepcote Green in Findon were moved on by police last night after being served an eviction order.

Police were informed that a group of 11 vehicles had entered the green at 2.45pm and by 9pm they were all gone.

Around 50 villagers used their cars to block all entrances of the green to ensure that no more travellers could enter the site.

Peter Goldsworthy, chairman of Findon parish Council, said he was ‘absolutely delighted’.

“The local police persuaded the assistant chief constable to grant an eviction order at around 8pm,” he said.
“The travellers insisted on seeing the eviction order but were gone by 9pm.

“We wanted to form a cordon with our cars to block the entrances and then we had to move them to let the travellers off again.

“The police were in charge of it all and were extremely proactive this year. They did the right thing as far as we are concerned but the travellers were not happy.”

Mr Goldsworthy said the travellers had smashed through a padlock at the bottom of the green in order to get on to the land.”

Resident David Gear said: “It was absolutely brilliant. Around 50 villagers were present to make sure that the travellers left, along with the police.

“They used all sorts of delaying tactics before leaving but the police were superb.

“We celebrated afterwards with burgers and tea and coffee. It was like the old war-time spirit.”

Judith Davies, chairman of Findon Village Hall, was at the green yesterday afternoon.

She said: “They have blocked the road and the police are there in force. It’s so disappointing because of the money that’s been spent and the efforts of all the villagers to prevent this from happening.

“All the time thousands are spent clearing up after the travellers it’s money the village doesn’t have to spend on stuff that needs doing.”

Sussex Police said: “At 2.45pm on Tuesday (24 June) police were informed that a group of travellers in about 11 vehicles had entered Nepcote Green at Findon Village.

“Officers attended and are remaining at the site, liaising with the parish council, and assessing the situation.

“Early on Tuesday evening (24 June), police served a Notice under Section 61 of the Criminal Justice & Public Order Act 1994 on the travellers at Nepcote Green and they all left shortly after 8pm. There was no disorder and there were no arrests.”

 

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