Travellers pitch up on St Andrew’s long stay car park in Bury St Edmunds

Travellers on St Andrew's long stay car park, Bury St Edmunds.

Travellers on St Andrew's long stay car park, Bury St Edmunds. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Travellers have moved onto a Bury St Edmunds town centre car park which is already covered by an injunction to prevent illegal encampments.

The group, with eight caravans and one motorhome, turned up at the St Andrew’s long stay car park, near the Wilkinson shop, yesterday morning.

The site, which is owned by St Edmundsbury Borough Council, is covered by a High Court injunction to prevent travellers from pitching up.

A number of borough council sites in the area are covered by the injunction as unauthorised encampments had become an ongoing issue.

A borough council spokesman said officers had been to the St Andrew’s car park to speak with the travellers and there was due to be a welfare visit with the county’s gypsy and traveller liaison officer.

He said: “Officers have visited to make the travellers aware of the injunction with a view to moving them off the site as swiftly as possible.”

The travellers, who are a different family to the Delaneys who are at a temporary site off Compiegne Way, told the EADT they would be moving on tonight.

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They said they had come from Ipswich and were only passing through the area for a couple of days.

One of the travellers, who said they had been unaware of the injunction, added: “We are fully co-operative with the local council and our rubbish is in black bags.”

A different group of travellers has also pitched up near the sugar beet factory in Bury.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council said: “We are dealing with the encampments as per the Suffolk protocol for managing unauthorised encampments, working in partnership with agencies such as the police and district council on this matter.”