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Traveller invasion in Oakridge
TRAVELLERS have invaded playing fields in Oakridge this afternoon.
Twelve caravans and campervans turned up at the Sherborne Road Playing Fields, in Upper Sherborne Road, entering through a gate, which may not have been secure.
Geoff Scrutton, gypsy and traveller liaison officer at the borough council, said: “It is council owned land and they are trespassing on it. I have asked them to leave.”
He said some of the travellers had been parked in Houndmills, Basingstoke, while others had come from army land in Aldershot.
He added: “What I will do now is conduct welfare checks and ask if they have any needs in terms of health and education. I will go back and apply to the legal department for a notice for them to leave the land.”
Mr Scrutton said he hoped the travellers will be moved on within the next 14 days.
Three police officers arrived at the site this afternoon and talked to the travellers, but refused to comment to The Gazette.