Travellers quickly booted off parkland

PARK ENCAMPMENT -- travellers on Titchfield Park at Hucknall
PARK ENCAMPMENT -- travellers on Titchfield Park at Hucknall

A GROUP of travellers who set up camp for four days on Titchfield Park in Hucknall have been booted off after being served trespass notices by council chiefs.

Up to 12 caravans and additional cars and vans turned up on the park’s cricket pitch, causing Hucknall Cricket Club to postpone their third-eleven clash in the Gunn And Moore South Notts League on Saturday August 13.

The travellers, who allegedly broke into the park using bolt-cutting equipment on Thursday night last week, had been given 14 days to leave the Park Drive site by enforcement officers from Ashfield District Council.

Their caravans were also searched by police officers who believed the group may have been carrying counterfeit goods, including fake television sets.

But the group, believed to be in the area for a wedding, vacated the land on Monday August 15 and the site has since been cleared up by a team of council workers.

Coun John Wilmott (Lab), of Hucknall, who is deputy leader of Ashfield Council, said he was relieved that the travellers had now left and praised the council and the police for their swift actions.

“It was not a very good time of year for this to happen with children using the park during the summer holidays,” said Coun Wilmott. “But a lot of work has taken place and things are almost back to normal.

“We are lucky that they only stayed three or four days but we had delivered a thousand leaflets to residents in the area to inform them of what was happening.”

Titchfield Park’s cafe was also forced to shut temporarily because of the travellers but a family fun day organised by SureStart went ahead as planned on Wednesday August 17.