Travellers set up camp on Nowton Park with fears Parkrun and Bury St Edmunds Dog Show could be affected

Travellers have parked up on Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds.

Travellers have parked up on Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds. - Credit: Archant

Several caravans have appeared on Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, after camping the previous day on Ram Meadow car park.

Travellers have parked up on Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds.

Travellers have parked up on Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds. - Credit: Archant

Initially two caravans set up at the popular tourist spot, where both Parkrun and the Bury Dog Show are set to be held this weekend.

This evening (July 13) another four caravans arrived, with six at the site according to the council.

The West Suffolk Hospital charity, My WiSH, who are organising Sunday’s dog show, said they are confident the event will go ahead regardless.

A representative from My WiSH said: “We have contingency plans, but we have spoken to the council and are confident they will leave before Sunday.

Travellers have parked up on Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds.

Travellers have parked up on Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds. - Credit: Archant

“We have been speaking to them [the travellers] and they said they will out of the park before the dog show.

“It should not be a problem for the show.”

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The popular park just outside Bury St Edmunds is owned by St Edmundsbury Borough Council. It is well known for its annual display of daffodils.

A St Edmundsbury spokesman said today (June 13): “Yesterday evening two traveller vehicles set up camp in Nowton Park.

“The council has issued notices to the family to vacate the site and are now pursuing the necessary legal process’ to evict them.

“The park is playing host to the Bury Dog show this weekend and both the council and the event organisers have met with the travellers who have indicated that they will move within the park to enable the event to go ahead.

“The police have been advised of the incident.”

Travellers have arrived at several locations across Essex and Suffolk in recent weeks, with Colchester Rugby Club left picking up a £3,000 repair and cleanup cost after an encampment.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said: “We were made aware of their presence at Ram Meadow car park and at Nowton Park.

“We have attended to assess the situation.

“We are aware that the council have given them some terms and told them if they do stay beyond their designated time they will be evicted.

“There has been no sign of any disturbance or problems.”