Villagers dig TRENCHES to stop travellers taking over children’s playground and sports pitches

Villagers dig TRENCHES to stop travellers taking over children’s playground and sports pitches

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FURIOUS villagers are turning to trench warfare in an attempt to stop travellers setting up camp in a park.

The parish council has dug deep ditches around the sports fields and children’s playground in Swaffham Bulbeck, near Cambridge.

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Villagers in Swaffham are using trench warfare to keep travellers off their land[/caption]

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Parts of a tree have been put in the field to block the caravans[/caption]

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The villages want to use the space for sports pitches and children’s playground[/caption]

Villagers have also moved mounds of soil and more than a dozen metre-thick logs to block off the green in an attempt to stop 16 caravan and vans using the grounds.

Councillor Mathew Shuter said: “The Travellers Officer at Cambridgeshire Council recommended this method, as the best to stop the Travellers.

“After civil action the Travellers left, and we want to make sure they don’t come back again.

“It was a very easy access point, there were not any defences around the green so the parish council needed to do something.

“It caused a lot of aggravation in the village.

“Schools use the ground so the Travellers were very problematic.”

VIGILANTE VILLAGERS

These extreme measures come after two groups of travellers set up camp on the sports pitches.

The parish council filed an eviction notice on September 7 after seven caravans and vans pitched up on the field.

Two weeks later, a larger group of nine caravans arrived and set up a second camp.


Once they left the parish council, which owns the green, took matters into its own hands.

They dug up the trenches and villagers moved logs that weigh up to a tonne to stop the travellers returning.

Although the park is an eyesore at the moment it is hoped wildflowers will grow in the trenches.

Other villagers across Cambridgeshire have taken similar action as there are now only 10 legal sites for travellers.

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They piled up mounds of soil to prevent caravans[/caption]


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