Police move travellers from land

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POLICE moved travellers on from an unauthorised camp in Portsmouth.

About 20 officers were sent to Nevil Shute Road, in Copnor, yesterday, where up to 15 caravans had parked up near Plumb Center.

Officers used powers under Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to order them to leave the area.

It followed complaints about littering, nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

Superintendent Rick Burrows, Hampshire Constabulary lead on unauthorised encampments, said: ‘It’s when and where the behaviour of an unauthorised encampment oversteps the threshold of criminality and associated nuisance behaviour, including causing significant damage to property, that it becomes appropriate for the police to get involved.

‘We will then look at using our powers under Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, in consultation and partnership with local authorities, which have the responsibility for providing appropriate and alternative sites.’

The travellers first pitched up on the old MFI site on Saturday and were soon joined by more travellers who had set up camp in Zetland Park, Farlington.

After being given notice to leave by the landowner to leave they moved to a nearby car park.

On Tuesday, they were given a notice to leave by another fed-up landlord, and moved the following day to the forecourt area in front of Plumb Center.

They are now thought to have headed towards West Sussex.