'Travellers likely to be back'

PUBLISHED: 12:05 20 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:53 24 May 2010

TRAVELLERS who set up camp illegally in Wraxall, leaving taxpayers to pay for a £2,500 clean-up when they left, are 'highly likely' to return, police say. The news that the unexpected visitors will probably turn up in the village again emerged at a recent

TRAVELLERS who set up camp illegally in Wraxall, leaving taxpayers to pay for a £2,500 clean-up when they left, are 'highly likely' to return, police say.The news that the unexpected visitors will probably turn up in the village again emerged at a recent meeting of Nailsea Local Action Team (LAT).Travellers moved onto the playing field at The Elms in July and stayed for 10 days.Once they had moved on, it cost North Somerset Council £2,500 to clean up the site which was strewn with human faeces, rubbish and dog mess.At the LAT meeting, the group's chairman, John Hunter, read out excerpts from a letter written to him by Nailsea Town Council's clerk, Ian Morrell, who contacted North Somerset Council and the police in the wake of the travellers' illegal stay.The letter states: "The view of the police is that the travellers will have found their stay in Nailsea suited them."They came for the beer festival at Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club and encountered no trouble from residents during their stay."As a result of this, the police believe that the travellers are highly likely to return at a future date."Responding to the comments in the letter, PC Roger Watts said: "The travellers all said it was a fantastic site."They had heard about the beer festival and came down for that and decided to stay on."The police officer said that while the travellers were in Wraxall, there had been one attempted theft from a boy on the site, but no other crimes had been reported.He added: "I'm sure that people would report travellers crime to us, thinking it would remove it."North Somerset Council is planning to upgrade security at the entrance to the park by installing sturdier gates and bollards.

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