Travellers face eviction from Thorpe Marriott park

The travellers based on the field just off Pendlesham Rise, at Thorpe Marriott. Picture: DENISE BRAD

The travellers based on the field just off Pendlesham Rise, at Thorpe Marriott. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Travellers who have set up camp in a park in Thorpe Marriott are due to be evicted this morning.

The action follows an emergency meeting of Taverham Parish Council, Broadland District Council and Norfolk Police yesterday where a plan was agreed to deal with the encampment, just off of Pendlesham Rise.

If the Travellers, who have had about a dozen vehicles on the site since Wednesday, are still there by Saturday morning, bailiffs will take action.

About 25 residents were at a meeting at Taverham Village Hall yesterday evening to hear about the plan.

Parish council chairman John Pennell said he was pleased the Travellers would be moved on quickly.

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He said: 'If we weren't able to use that green over summer it would have taken holiday life away from Thorpe Marriott.

'It would have been unacceptable.'

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Mr Pennell said the council would look at ways to better secure the park.

There have been complaints about the behaviour of dogs since the Travellers moved to the site.

A spokesperson from Norfolk Police said: 'We are aware of incidents regarding dogs belonging to the Travellers, any reports will be investigated if reported to us.

'We did receive a call from somebody regarding an incident where they ran off after meeting some Travellers and feeling frightened but nothing to say they were chased.

'We are working with the parish and district council to resolve the issue.'

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