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Ipswich: Action taken to evict travellers from Gippeswyck and Holywells Parks

14:38 08 August 2014

Travellers at Gippeswyk Park in Ipswich

Travellers at Gippeswyk Park in Ipswich

Groups of travellers have been evicted from two parks in Ipswich.

The travellers were seen in Gippeswyck and Holywells Park.

An Ipswich Borough Council spokesman said earlier that they were “taking all necessary legal steps to protect its land and to evict those trespassing on it,” adding: “We are working with the police, the court, court bailiffs and Suffolk County Council to take all necessary steps regarding the small groups of travellers at Gippeswyck and Holywells parks.”

Following the eviction, the spokesman said: “Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk County Council and the County Court bailiffs have been working together to enforce an eviction notice on travellers camped illegally at Gippeswyk Park and to begin legal proceedings to evict a group from Holywells Park, and have been on close liaison with Suffolk police throughout.

“We can report that the encampments at both parks have now ended and the travellers have left.

“The council hopes both parks will return to normal by the end of today.”

Ipswich’s role as the county town of Suffolk is being questioned, with some suggesting Bury St Edmunds is more deserving of the title.

Arlington’s Brasserie, in Ipswich, has an historic link with the women’s suffrage movement and next week it will host a celebration of International Women’s Day.

A new push is underway to recruit more ‘on call’ firefighters to make up a shortfall of around 40 across the county.

TV antique experts will be at a Suffolk estate today to film an episode of Flog It for the forthcoming series.

Highways England chiefs have said an update on whether the Orwell Bridge will be open or closed to drivers today has been delayed again until around 9.30am.

An unlicensed driver must pay more than £2,500 in compensation after damaging a work colleague’s car before causing a crash and driving off.

Highways England chiefs have said the Orwell Bridge is “highly likely” to close between 10am and 6pm today with gusts of up to 65mph expected on the A14.

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