Travellers moved off land in Conisbrough

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An illegal traveller encampment in Conisbrough was moved on twice in two days.

The travellers used bolt cutters to enter council land off Sheffield Road and a court injunction was subsequently gained in order to move the community from the illegal site. Doncaster Council staff monitored the site and also arranged for large boulders to be delivered to stop the encampment returning.

Alan Davies, 65, who’s home looks directly over the area told the Times: “ I just couldn’t believe it, when I looked over and saw that they where back, it infuriates me.

Councillor Ray Mullis, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for housing, added: “I’m really impressed with the way council have worked to resolve this issue so quickly.

“There are several sanctioned gypsy traveller sites within Doncaster and I’d encourage that the community use these rather than erect illegal camps elsewhere.”

Staff also identified nearby areas where there was a danger of a new illegal site springing up.

They worked with a local farmer to plough field verges to stop caravans and trailers gaining access.

However, just hours after the traveller group was escorted out of the borough by police, they returned and set up an illegal camp on land owned by Doncaster Council in Edlington.

Tensions ran high within the community and gangs of youths were dispersed by police officers.

Just six hours later the group was evicted for the second time in two days and escorted by police to the edge of Doncaster. Council officers removed many bags of rubbish and arranged for another delivery of boulders to secure the land.