TRAVELLER’S in cowboy hats are said to have swarmed around the 500-year-old Deal Castle, leaving locals feeling “shaken”, according to reports.
The group descended on land surrounding the Kent castle on Thursday August 29, with 20 caravans.
Locals claimed they spoke with a “thick Irish accent” and wore ‘Wild Wild west headgear’.
Park organisers cancelled their weekly event along the seaside, fearing the group might “cause havoc”, The Times reported.
But the following day they moved 0.4 miles down the road, sparking a sigh of relief, that was short lived.
They moved to Victoria Park, where they still remain, and residents claim they blare “loud music” into the early hours.
Anne Conway told the newspaper a man “forcefully” tried to sell her a patio.
She added: “I was very shaken by the incident and won’t be opening the door to anyone I don’t know.”
Another resident reportedly saw a man urinating against the side of his caravan, and couldn’t believe he “didn’t have the decency to turn away”.
DEAL CASTLE, KENT
Deal Castle was built by the order of King Henry VIII between 1539 and 1540.
It was part of the King’s plan to protect England against a French Invasion.
Since it has played a big role in some of England’s most famous wars.
The castle was under attack during the English Civil War in 1648.
And in the Second World War, it was guarded from German forces in the Channel.
It is arguably the earliest coastal fort in the UK.
Reports claim a woman known as “the boss” said the group would be leaving by the end of the week, as she reportedly insisted they were not causing any trouble.
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Dover District Council tweeted: “We’re working with partners Kent Police and English Heritage regarding travellers in Deal and Walmer area.
“We’re following due legal process & DDC has served notice on travellers at Walmer Green to vacate the site.
“Partners are working together regarding Deal Castle car park and land seaward side.”
It comes just a week after travellers set up camp with 50 caravans on Hove Lawns, in Sussex.
Locals reported seeing the cars, caravans and vans swarm the site just after midday.
Many are said to have launched complaints as Hove Lawns is under a Public Space Protection Order.
The group who ‘spoke with an Irish accent’ still remain near Victoria Park[/caption]
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