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Droitwich Police used Section 61 powers to move travellers on from Spring Meadow Park

Tristan Harris 18th Jun, 2018 Updated: 18th Jun, 2018

THE TRAVELLERS who set up an illegal encampment on Droitwich’s Spring Meadow Park left on Friday afternoon.

The police successfully applied for a Section 61 order following an amount of anti-social behaviour by the group which had been congregating in areas of the town.

It was originally thought a court hearing would be needed which could have taken well into this week after the travellers ignored the initial order served to them by Droitwich Town Council on the day of their arrival last Monday.

The action by the police prevented the need for the hearing and added legal costs for the town council.

Section 61 of the Police and Criminal Justice Act enables the police to tell any intruders to leave private or local authority land if any damage has been caused to land or property or if threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour have been used to the landowner.

They can also be used when there are six or more vehicles on the land.

Sgt Sarah Kent said: “If there has been anti-social behaviour towards the local community then we can use these powers.

“And they left when we instructed them to do so.”

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