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Travellers forced to move from field in Mitchell near Truro to site 100 yards away

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: June 20, 2014

  • Residents claim the travellers have left the field they were moved on from in a "disgusting" state.

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TRAVELLERS who set up camp on a field have been forced to move as a result of a police order initiated by landowner Cornwall Council.

The group in Mitchell moved to a nearby public playing field used by local community groups, but after strong objections from residents a farmer has now offered them a temporary site nearby.

Neighbours of the original site, which had been occupied by half a dozen caravans, an asphalt lorry and a digger, complained that the group left the field in a disgusting state.

Villager Jeremy Best, 59, said: "They moved from the original site up to our playing field for the village.

"We have no idea what they're doing."

Mr Best said the travellers moved to the playing field on Monday afternoon after removing the middle support from a barrier that prevented cars driving on to the land.

"I've been to the original site, and you should see the debris and the mess they've left behind," he said. "They've snapped a granite pillar, and then there's the rubbish they've half- hidden in the hedge. It's just disgusting. It's an awful mess.

"I've rung the police twice and they've just said they're all right up there. I said they might be all right but they shouldn't be there.

"It's a health and safety issue for the little ones who play on the field, what with all the rubbish and debris they leave behind."

Cornwall Council's gypsy and traveller liaison officer, Phil Eaton, said steps had been taken to clear an acceptable amount of litter at the site.

"We all generate domestic rubbish," he said. "I can tell you exactly what was left behind; there was a gas bottle, a little bit of debris and some black bags of rubbish, which the landowner themselves will remove.

"It's being dealt with."

Mr Eaton said this was the eighth time the group had been obliged to move since February.

"They've kept moving from place to place because there's nowhere for them to go," he said. "There's nothing in mid or west Cornwall.

"We need somewhere where travellers can pay to come into the sites – where there's water, toilets and refuse facilities. Exactly the same things we need and pay for, so do they."

Last week members of the family had said they were visited by Cornwall Council and the police, who had treated them well, but did not wish to comment further.

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  • josdave  |  June 20 2014, 12:09PM

    Why do these people get preferential treatment from councils. If I was to camp somewhere illegally my feet wouldn't touch until I was in a cell. In Plymouth there was the anomaly of a farmer ordered by the council to remove these "travellers" - the police told him that if he towed their vehicles out they (the "travellers") could sue him for criminal damage and if he blocked off the entrance to the field he could be done for obstruction. It's about time the councils throughout the country got tough with these scroungers and moved them on as soon as it became clear they were going to settle illegally. I thought the law was supposes to apply to everybody. Silly me.

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  • crgee  |  June 20 2014, 11:39AM

    Fly tippers.. oh no of course they are ''travellers'' so they can do what the f*** they want

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