Group leaves £900 bill

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THE cost of evicting a travellers’ camp and clearing up after they left has cost the taxpayer £900.

Havant Borough Council has had pay out £550 for cleaning up the mess left in a lay-by off the A259 Havant Road, in Emsworth.

As reported, several caravans and vehicles camped out in the lay-by close to the A27 underpass throughout last week.

A total of £350 was spent on legal costs to evict the travellers.

This will paid for by Hampshire County Council, which owns the land. The authorities plan to secure the site by placing a concrete block in front of a barrier and improving the locks.