Richmond Council gives travellers marching orders

Travellers who have temporarily pitched up on Heathfield Rec have been given their marching orders by Richmond Council and the local Police.

On August 20, Richmond Council received reports of travellers bringing five cars and six caravans and dogs, illegally establishing themselves on the open land.

As is normal practice, Council officers visited the site on a number of occasions, along with the local Police, to discuss an amicable departure.

However, as they have not left, the Council, with the support of the local Police issued a legal Direction Notice on August 23 requiring the travellers to vacate by 4pm on the August 24.

If they do not leave the Council will seek to obtain a removal order from the Magistrates Court, early next week.

If people have concerns regarding antisocial behaviour, they are encouraged to contact the Police on 101.

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