Ipswich: Travellers will not be moved on over the weekend

Police investigated the tragedy at the site.

Police investigated the tragedy at the site. - Credit: Archant

Travellers who moved on to the recreation ground at Bramford Lane in Ipswich will not be forced to move on over the next few days following Tuesday’s tragedy.

A 20-month-old toddler died after an accident at the site to which travellers had moved without permission.

The land is owned by the borough council – and it has decided that the family of the young child will not be moved on until preliminary legal issues, including the opening of the inquest and the release of the body for a funeral, have been concluded.

A spokesman for the council said: “We are mindful of the tragic incident that occurred at Bramford Lane Recreation Ground on Tuesday 23rd July, the feelings of the grieving family and the concerns of the local community as well as the ongoing Police investigation.

“We are constantly monitoring the situation and we have decided to follow advice received after a meeting between Suffolk County Council’s Safeguarding and Gypsy and Traveller liaison teams, the Police and the Coroner’s Office.

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“The advice received is that Ipswich Borough Council should not take formal action at this time. We will keep the matter under review in collaboration with our partners.

“A further update will be issued early next week.”

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Although the family is still grieving and no plans have been decided, there is an expectation that the funeral will not take place in the Ipswich area.

Once the travellers have left the site, the council may look again at the recreation ground to see if there are any other security steps that could be taken to prevent vehicles from getting on to the area.

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