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Church Gresley travellers still continue to cause camp problems

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 12, 2014

By Rob Smyth

Gypsies have moved onto land off Robinhood Pl in Swadlincote

Gypsies have moved onto land off Robinhood Pl in Swadlincote

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A GROUP of travellers has returned to an area of South Derbyshire for the second time in weeks.

The itinerants first set up an illegal encampment on land in Robin Hood Place, off Common Road, Church Gresley, at the end of July.

The site was home to five caravans and a number of other vehicles.

The group moved away from after around a week but have since resurfaced – only yards from their previous site.

Both council and police chiefs said they were aware of their return.

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

"After investigations, we have found the group are on common land and, therefore, are our responsibility.

"We are aware of the situation and officers from the council are now looking into the matter."

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.

It is the latest of a number of incidents involving travellers setting up camp at the site. In 2013, one caravan and one vehicle moved on to the land.

Two years earlier, 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 using a road as a toilet.

Anyone who has any issues relating to the new site is urged to call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 55511. It is hoped that the determination of the group will not see a return to 2010 conditions – when travellers set up dozens of sites across the area.

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