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Church Gresley illegal traveller camp set up on private land

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

By Rob Smyth

Gypsies onground off Common Rd in Church Gresley

Gypsies onground off Common Rd in Church Gresley

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AN illegal traveller encampment has been set up in South Derbyshire.

The itinerants have moved onto land in Robin Hood Place, off Common Road, Church Gresley. The site is now home to five caravans and a number of other vehicles.

They are believed to have parked up at the spot on Tuesday and both council and police chiefs have been made aware of their arrival.

A spokesman for South Derbyshire District Council said: "We are aware of the traveller encampment situated in Robin Hood Place, Church Gresley.

"The site is on private land and the owner has been notified.

"The owner will now have to take steps to get the travellers removed from the site."

Derbyshire Police revealed that officers had been made aware of the arrival of travellers at the site, but no complaint had yet been made by the landowner or with regard to their behaviour.

This is not the first time that travellers have set up came at the site.

In 2013, one caravan and one vehicle moved on to the land..

In 2011, itinerants set up camp and the site was home to five caravans and a number of other vehicles.

Witnesses saw travellers setting fire to trees and copper wire and using a road near the site as a toilet.

Major changes were made to the way the services in South Derbyshire dealt with illegal traveller sites after more than 40 incidents were reported in just one year back in 2010.

This resulted in council chiefs spending cash to improve security at venues across the area.

Police chiefs also stepped up operations to crackdown on the problem after complaints from the public.

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