Travellers on fraud charges

FIVE of the travellers who set up an illegal camp at Titchfield Park, Hucknall earlier this month have appeared in court after being charged with fraud.

It is alleged that the men intended to sell more than 40 flat screen TVs that were broken.

Thomas McDonagh (23), from Oxford, and Simon McDonagh (20), from Swansea, who are believed to be brothers, and Charlie Ward (19), from Merseyside, have been charged with fraud by false representation and of being in possession of goods for use in fraudulent activity.

Bernie Sweeney (20), from Swansea, and Bernard Stokes (21), from Donegal in Ireland, have been charged with being in possession of goods for use in fraudulent activity.

All five men were arrested on Saturday August 13 at Titchfield Park on Park Drive where up to 12 caravans set up an illegal trespass of the cricket oval. They were quickly evicted after being served with notices by council chiefs.

Simon McDonagh was held in custody before appearing at Nottingham Magistrates Court. He was bailed until his next appearance in court on Tuesday this week. The other four men were bailed to appear at Nottingham Magistrates Court yesterday (Thursday).