Travellers ordered to leave Lakeside car park

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TRAVELLERS who have moved onto a car park in a business complex have been given an eviction notice.

Four vehicles, including two caravans, moved into Lakeside, North Harbour, last night.

Travellers at Lakeside

Travellers at Lakeside

Police were called and bailiffs presented the travellers with an eviction notice at 11.30am this morning. They will now have 24 hours to vacate the property.

Inspector Jill Kingston, from Portsmouth Police, said: ‘Travellers arrived on the private property last night and police were called to the site.

‘Bailiffs issued them with an eviction notice and our presence at Lakeside this morning is for support.

‘We are not expecting any issues with them moving but we will have a bigger police presence in the area to prevent it happening again.’

The route into the offices at 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, Portsmouth, was cordoned off and police were called as a motor home, transit van and three caravans pitched up at about 7pm last night.

Lakeside marketing manager Karen Tyrrell said: ‘We believe they are scouting for their next site to go to which will just move the problem on.

‘The fact we have boarded off the entrance and that we spotted them within an hour of arriving means they will be looking for somewhere else.

‘The landlord will be instructing bailiffs so other businesses in the area should be on the look-out.’

Security guards spotted the caravans entering the site on CCTV within five minutes.

Travellers last set up site in the same car park two years ago.