Group of travellers arrive at Portsmouth Park and Ride centre

ALMOST a dozen caravans have parked up at Portsmouth’s Park and Ride centre today.

Tuesday, 24th September 2019, 6:14 pm
Updated Saturday, 28th September 2019, 6:06 am
Travellers have pitched up at Portsmouth Park & Ride on Tuesday, September 24. Picture: Sarah Standing (240919-7905)

The travellers, who are believed to have arrived earlier this afternoon, are parked at the northern end of the car park, next to the M275.

Portsmouth has had a number of traveller arrivals this year, with a group arriving in Cosham back in April, as well as three caravans and a truck arriving in Gatcombe Park, Hilsea, last month.

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Travellers have pitched up at Portsmouth Park & Ride on Tuesday, September 24. Picture: Sarah Standing (240919-7905)

One of the travellers, who wished to remain anonymous, said: ‘We're here because of a family matter.

‘We’re going to be here for two days.’

But the leader of Portsmouth City Council, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, says the council is aware of their arrival.

He said: 'It is on our radar.

'I did have a warning that there were three caravans and trucks with Irish number plates that were in the area this morning.

'It's been a busy year dealing with illegal encampments, and I know it drives all local authorities up the wall.

'We will go to the courts to get rid of them as soon as possible.'

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