One of the travellers on Southsea Common 'may have Covid-19' says council leader

FEARS about a case of coronavirus among a group of travellers who arrived in Southsea have been raised by the leader of the council.
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About a dozen caravans appeared on Southsea Common on Sunday – although it is unclear where they came from.

It comes as Portsmouth residents have flocked to the seafront over the hot and sunny bank holiday weekend.

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Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said the council will be taking action to move the travellers on.

Travellers arrived on Southsea Common earlier today. Picture: Ben FishwickTravellers arrived on Southsea Common earlier today. Picture: Ben Fishwick
Travellers arrived on Southsea Common earlier today. Picture: Ben Fishwick
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But with a rumoured case of coronavirus in their ranks, the task will be slightly more difficult than previous incidents.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘There is a suggestion that one person there has tested positive for Covid-19.

‘We have to check that and ensure that the correct procedures are put in place.

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‘My understanding is that they got onto the common by lifting some of the boulders – we’re taking legal action to move them on.’

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