Council takes legal action after travellers set up camp on Stockheath Common in Leigh Park

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LEGAL action is being launched against an unauthorised encampment.

At least five caravans and seven vehicles arrived on Stockheath Common, Leigh Park, on Thursday. 

A view of Stockheath Common from Riders Lane, Leigh Park. Picture: Google Street View

A view of Stockheath Common from Riders Lane, Leigh Park. Picture: Google Street View

The land, which is bordered by Riders Lane, Stockheath Lane and Purbrook Way, is owned by Portsmouth City Council. 

A spokeswoman for the authority said it completed a welfare assessment of the encampment and is now taking legal action to remove it. 

Thousands attend Stockheath Common every year for a fireworks display, car boot sales and other community activities.