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Travellers pitch up at Send

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Travellers pitch up at Send

Published at 1:06pm 28th July 2017. (Updated at 5:17pm 28th July 2017)

Travellers have turned up in Send - where they are encamped at the Recreation Ground.

Parish Council clerk Debbie Hurdle said 20-30 caravans arrived at the site last night at around 9:15pm.

She told Eagle a gate padlock had been broken.

A post on their Facebook page yesterday said: "Caravans have been reported on the village Recreation Ground. 

"Parish councillors and the Clerk are on site with the police.

"The council will be working with legal council in the morning to take whichever action is advised." 

Debbie said Send Parish Council, which manages the site, are working with the police and Guildford Borough Council to decide what action needs to be taken.

She said they are planning on starting procedures to get the travellers moved on.

She also said the travellers had told her they are here till the end of the weekend, on their way to a funeral in London.

There have been reports of travellers at Woking Park - the Borough Council issued a statement saying: “We are aware that a number of caravans have arrived at Woking Park. We are working towards removing them as soon as possible.”

In Camberley, travellers left the London Road Recreation ground yesterday (July 27).

It is after they were serviced a notice by Surrey Police to vacate the site. 

 It followed an earlier incursion by travellers at the Arena Leisure Centre - of about 12 caravans and 20 vehicles.

They left on Wednesday (July 26) after they were served with a court summons.  

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Travellers are still at sites in Weybridge and Cobham.

Elmbridge Borough Council said it has served a Notice to leave on the group at Brooklands community park in Weybridge.

Its website said: "Following the unauthorised encampment at Brooklands community park, an assessment required under the Council's protocol for dealing with unauthorised gypsy/traveller sites has now been carried out for all the traveller groups involved in the unauthorised encampment.

"A Notice of direction to leave on 27 July under Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 has now been served.

If they do not leave in compliance with this Notice, the Council will seek a removal order from the Magistrates Court."

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At the Leg of Mutton open space in Cobham, travellers were served on Tuesday (July 25) with a Notice of direction to leave by the end of the day.

However, it is believed they are still there.

The Council said: "Following the unauthorised encampment at Leg Of Mutton Open Space, Cobham, the Council’s Gypsy/Traveller Liaison Officer has carried out an assessment required under the legal protocol for dealing with unauthorised gypsy/traveller sites.

Today, Tuesday 25 July, we have served them with a Notice of direction to leave by the end of the day under Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

If they do not leave in compliance with this Notice, the Council will seek a removal order from the Magistrates Court."

The Council said once the sites are secured, "a full clear up" will be scheduled.

Meanwhile, travellers have left Cobbs Green in Lower Green, Esher.

Elmbridge Borough Council said a full clear up has been arranged - and the site would be secured as soon as possible.