Fareham travellers evicted from site

CAMP Travellers set up camp on land off Newgate Lane in Fareham
CAMP Travellers set up camp on land off Newgate Lane in Fareham

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Travellers who set up camp off Newgate Lane in Fareham have been forced to move on by police.

Around seven vehicles arrived on the privately-owned land on Friday, damaging the gateway in order to gain access, and more travellers arriving over the weekend.

The group was asked to leave, but refused.

Police used their powers to give the group notice to leave by 10.30pm last night.

Fareham and Gosport district commander, Chief Inspector Darren O’Callaghan, said: ‘In using these powers, Hampshire Constabulary will always ensure that we balance the needs and rights of all our communities with actions that are proportionate, lawful and necessary.

‘I hope this swift action to move the travellers on from a location that was unsuitable will convey to all sections of the community that a robust approach will be taken.

‘We will continue to work closely with partner agencies, private landowners and the travelling community to manage unauthorised encampments.’