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Travellers told to move by Tuesday or face court action

PUBLISHED: 11:43 04 May 2019 | UPDATED: 11:58 08 May 2019

Diss Town Council has issued a notice to leave on travellers whose caravans are on Diss Park. Picture: Simon Parkin

Diss Town Council has issued a notice to leave on travellers whose caravans are on Diss Park. Picture: Simon Parkin

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Travellers who have invaded on a popular park in the centre of a South Norfolk town have been warned they have until Tuesday to leave or face court action.

Travellers caravans on Diss Park seen from the Mere. Picture: Simon ParkinTravellers caravans on Diss Park seen from the Mere. Picture: Simon Parkin

Eight caravans towed by 4x4 vehicles and vans began to arrive at Diss Park on Thursday (May 2) and were driven on to the grass where they were parked.

On Saturday the makeshift encampment was still in place at the centre of the park, which stretches from the banks of Diss Mere to Park Road and Denmark Street.

The caravans have been sited close to the town's main public children's area and public toilets. The six-acre park, which is overseen by Diss Town Council, also includes a multi-use games court, Diss Pavilion and picnic benches that are popular for people overlooking the Mere.

Travellers caravans have been on Diss Park since May 2. Picture: Simon ParkinTravellers caravans have been on Diss Park since May 2. Picture: Simon Parkin

The Town Council said it was working closely with Norfolk Police and South Norfolk District Council to address the problem and had today issued the travellers a notice to leave, though they may remain on the park until after the Bank Holiday weekend.

In a statement the council said: "A notice to leave has been issued to the travelling community today requesting that they vacate the park by the end of Tuesday.

"This is the first step to invoking Part 55 of the Civil Procedures Rules allowing landowners to regain possession of their land. If the travellers do not leave the site by May 7, the Town Council will then begin action against the unauthorised travellers through the County Court.

Police said they had been made aware of the travellers on the site and that officers were making a visit and that the land owners would be assisted if any action is to be taken.

The council statement added: "The travellers have been polite and amenable to the requests of the police and council until now and there have been no reports of any anti-social behaviour."

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