Travellers forced to move by police after refusing to leave land

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TRAVELLERS who set up camp off Newgate Lane in Fareham were forced to move on by police.

Several vehicles arrived on privately-owned land on Friday, damaging the gate in order to get 
access, and more arrived over the weekend.

The group was asked to leave, but refused, so police gave the group notice to leave by 10.30pm on Monday.

Fareham and Gosport district commander, Chief Inspector Darren O’Callaghan, said: ‘In using these powers, Hampshire Constabulary will always ensure that we balance the needs and rights of all our communities with actions that are proportionate, lawful and necessary.

‘I hope this swift action to move the travellers on from a location that was unsuitable will convey to all sections of the community that a robust approach will be taken.

‘We will continue to work closely with partner agencies, private landowners and the travelling community to manage unauthorised encampments.’