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TRAVELLERS have moved on almost two weeks after they first set up camp in a lay-by.

The 12 caravans were parked in Havant Road, Emsworth, from July 13. They are believed to have now moved on to playing fields at Bourne Community College, Southbourne, West Sussex after leaving Emsworth yesterday morning.

Havant Borough Council has been dealing with complaints about the travellers for more than a month.

The group previously occupied two separate sites – Bitterne Park in Leigh Park and land off Barncroft Way, in Bedhampton.

Hampshire County Council owns the Havant Road lay-by but Havant took on the job of evicting the travellers and will bill the county for all costs.

West Sussex County Council served a notice under the Education Act requiring them to leave by 10pm last night.

A council spokesman, said: ‘The council acted as soon as it was made aware that a group of travellers were parked on school land.’