Travellers ordered off car park by police

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TRAVELLERS who tried to set up camp at a leisure centre car park were moved on within hours by police.

A Section 61 order was issued when the group threatened the manager of Horizon Leisure Centre in Waterberry Drive, Waterlooville, yesterday morning.

Police said threats were made to damage bollards and a 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

District Commander Acting Chief Inspector Dave Humphries said: ‘I hope this swift action to move the travellers on from locations that were unsuitable will convey to all sections of the community that a robust approach will be taken against encampments within legal parameters.

‘We will continue to work closely with partner agencies and private landowners to manage unauthorised encampments and identify repeat locations where there has been criminality or disorder in order to target harden these sites.’

Section 61 powers can be used if there is significant nuisance or criminal behaviour or unacceptable levels of damage to land or property to gain entry or remain, or if the environment is dangerous to travellers’ health.