Travellers pitch up at former MFI car park in Portsmouth

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TRAVELLERS last night set up camp on a former MFI store car park in Portsmouth.

Five caravans parked up on the land in Nevil Shute Road, Copnor, after they were evicted from nearby Merlin Park, on Airport Service Road at about noon.

Police and bailiffs who had served the travellers with a notice the day before arrived in the morning to make sure there was no breach of the peace.

A separate party of caravans was moved on from Port Solent at noon.

They were then seen heading to Emsworth.

Simon Bosher, ward councillor for Drayton and Farlington, said: ‘I find it so frustrating that any landowner will be faced with legal and clean-up costs as a result of travellers being on their land. The law needs to be changed.’