Travellers leave Lowestoft before legal action is taken following a string of disturbances and threatening behaviour at McDonald’s and Wetherspoon’s

Police are investigating after a burglary in Three Score, near Bowthorpe. Picture: Archant.

Police are investigating after a burglary in Three Score, near Bowthorpe. Picture: Archant.

A group of travellers, believed to be behind a number of disturbances in the past 24 hours, have left Lowestoft – just as the council prepared to take legal action to remove them.

Police confirmed that a local authority notice would be issued to the group of travellers parked up at Clifton Road car park, near to the Kirkley Mill Health Centre, to ensure they left town by 3.30pm today (Friday, August 18).

However, by the time Waveney District Council representatives arrived at the scene the travellers had moved on.

It came after a string of incidents happened late on Thursday evening and early yesterday morning (August 17).

At around 9.30pm, police were called to reports of a group of youths causing a disturbance inside McDonald's, in London Road North.

Another group of people were also reported as causing further disruption to customers sitting opposite, outside The Joseph Conrad, in Station Square.

A police spokesman said: 'Both premises closed as police assisted in removing those responsible. No offences were committed, however, and no arrests were made.

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'The incidents are believed to be linked to earlier reports from businesses reporting a group of people causing a nuisance, including banging on windows and otherwise intimidating behaviour.'

Following this a police presence was maintained at various locations throughout Lowestoft,

Officers were also called in the early hours of this morning (Friday) to a further disturbance at a restaurant in London Road South. Once again staff closed the premises as police removed those responsible.

A spokesman for the council said: 'The group of travellers vacated the site without the need for us to take legal action and serve a notice.

'We apologise for any inconvenience to local people and will now work with our colleagues at Waveney Norse to clear up any waste left on site as necessary.'

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