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20th Sep, 2021

Court date for hearing to evict Droitwich travellers might not be until next week

A GROUP of travellers which set up an illegal encampment in Droitwich’s Spring Meadow Park overnight between Sunday and Monday are still there despite being served notice to leave.

The order was given by Droitwich Town Council on Monday, telling them they needed to leave by Wednesday.

But they have ignored it and now the town council, working with the solicitor, is awaiting a court date which could take up to early next week.

Police patrols have been stepped up in the area to provide reassurance and address any anti-social behaviour issues.

Residents have been urged to report any incidents which occur to police by calling 101.

The travellers’ arrival was also discussed at Monday’s town council meeting where councillors called for more to be done to stop illegal encampments.

Coun Tom Noyes said: “They don’t pay for what they have done.

“Nothing happens to them and it is the people who live in the area who suffer.”

Coun Bob Brookes said: “We need to look at how much this is costing the town and we need to contact our MP to see if he can get the Government to do anything to help towns like ours when these situations arise.”

Speaking at Monday’s meeting Sgt Sarah Kent from Droitwich SNT said there were powers the council and police could use but the police powers were not applicable in this instance.

“My officers will always do the best they can with the resources they have,” she added.

* WHAT do you think should be done when it comes to traveller encampments? Do you think there needs to be new legislation? Email your views to editor@droitwichstandard.co.uk

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