Council orders travellers to leave Portsmouth playing field

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Travellers who had pitched up at the side of a playing field in Cosham have gone.

Portsmouth City Council issued a notice against the group, who were camping at the King George V Playing Fields in Portsmouth.

They first arrived at the Mountbatten Centre on Sunday, before moving on to the Cosham site the following evening, after the council began court proceedings.

Caravans were first seen at the field off Western Road just before 11pm on Monday night. The security team at Lakeside Business Park nearby locked the main entrance gates and the access gate at 10.46pm, after being told about the travellers’ presence.

Portsmouth City Council issued a notice to the travellers on ordering them to leave.

A council spokesman said: ‘The travellers arrived at the Mountbatten Centre on Sunday. The following day we issued a notice telling them to leave, and began court proceedings.

‘They left the site before it became necessary to go to court, and went to an area of council land on Western Road, near the King George V Playing Fields,’

The seven caravans left this afternoon, shortly after midday.