Travellers leave Weston after protest

PUBLISHED: 07:45 21 August 2017

Protestors gathered at Baytree Rec in a bid to remove travellers. Picture: Paul Ingham

Protestors gathered at Baytree Rec in a bid to remove travellers. Picture: Paul Ingham

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Travellers which set up camp at Weston's Baytree Rec have left the town, according to police, after hundreds attended a protest at the park last night (Sunday).

The protest was organised on social media, with the travellers accused of ‘invading’ and damaging the field which is used by Weston Crusaders and Milton Nomads junior football clubs.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary officers were called in to ‘prevent a breach of the peace’ and issued a dispersal notice to protestors.

The police later escorted the caravans off the site and out of the town.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary tweeted: “Officers have now been able to escort the travellers off Baytree Rec. The travellers are understood to be leaving the Weston area.”

The travellers had occupied Clarence Park until Wednesday when North Somerset Council threatened them with court action, but they then moved on to the rec.

The council had already told the travellers to leave Baytree, and were set to seek a court order this week.

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