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Felixstowe: Travellers set up camp on Langer Park after vandals break barrier lock

10:01 24 June 2014

Travellers in Langer Park, Felixstowe.

Travellers in Langer Park, Felixstowe.

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Action is being taken to evict travellers who have set up camp in the middle of a popular park.

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Council officials say the dozen caravans and assorted cars and trucks arrived soon after the lock on the barrier at Langer Park, Felixstowe, was broken.

It is the second year travellers have camped without permission on the park in Langer Road – last year they moved on immediately after the carnival finished.

A Suffolk Coastal spokesman said the process to remove the current group was already under way.

He said: “We are fully aware of the inconvenience this may cause regular users of the park and we would like to reassure local people that we will be working with our partners at Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Constabulary to resolve the matter as soon as we can, within the current legislation.

“Our staff have already visited the site to begin the process of removing the occupants as soon as possible.

“However, this is not a quick process. Before any action can be taken, we are required by law to carry out a welfare audit, together with Suffolk County Council, to establish the wellbeing of the occupants.

“If we do not follow this process fully, any necessarily legal action in the future could be rendered null and void.

“Providing that no issues are identified during the welfare audit, appropriate action will then be taken to remove all the travellers, their vehicles and possessions from the site at the earliest opportunity.”

The council said the park barrier was locked but the lock was broken off over the weekend.

Anyone with any information about who broke the lock should contact police on 101.

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11 comments

  • Strange why the moderator stops some comments when the stopped ones are probably the opinion of the majority!! Bet he likes his power job

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    tonyb

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Strange that the lock was "vandalised", where were the travellers, lurking round the corner. How did they just happen to come by at the right time. Lots of questions needing answers and its not that difficult to fit height restricting barriers.

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    October girl

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • To Victor: The Star can censor all they like but it doesn't change the majority view. N.Korean ideas of freedom of speech has its limitations.

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    Sarky Sage

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Bless them all, fluffy bunnies and kittens too. Nice liberal comments of loveliness, rainbows, chocolate, get my drift.

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    C Smith

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Maria, it's called a camp site. We usually stay on one in the Lake's. The difference is you have to pay to use the facilities and your not allowed to leave your rubbish behind.

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    Ashley Barrett

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • I Think there should be certain places avaliable for those choosing to travel around? That way they can travel from camp to camp.. that would save wasting the police time moving them on.. The majority of travellers are decent and hard working... There is good and bad in everyone,just a few gives them a bad name x

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    maria

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Fine upstanding citizens I don't understand why people put them down.(Bet this is printed)

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    royg

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Obviously a touchy subject - earlier comments removed and my comment rejected by moderator.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • i think im going to put my caravan on christchurch park.then see if the council get a order to get me off.

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    Big Ben

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Pleased to hear via local social network that they left on Monday afternoon.

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    DALINE

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • They might have travelled from the London Road Park N Ride car park in Ipswich, there were a group of travellers there just a few days ago!!

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    Sooz

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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