Culcheth travellers escorted out of town by police but more have set up camp in Woolston

Culcheth travellers escorted out of town by police but more have set up camp in Woolston

Travellers on Woolston Linear Park

Travellers on the move outside University Academy Warrington

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TRAVELLERS camped in Culcheth were escorted out of the town by police today, Monday, after setting up an illegal site in Warrington.

But a different group have now taken up residence in Woolston.

Around 10 caravans are currently on Woolston Park after relocating there on Sunday.

Officials from the council visited on Monday to serve notice of eviction with Cheshire Police monitoring the situation.

But the travellers are set to remain in place for a few days, as a ‘direction to leave’ order is required from court.

Insp Chris Adkins, of Warrington East NPU, said: “We will deal with any concerns of residents, and will monitor the campsite.

"Otherwise, the only way police will be involved is if the eviction notice is resisted.”

Alex Eaton, chairman of Friends of Woolston Park, claimed people in the campsite have been seen urinating and dumping rubbish.

He said: “The gates had been locked but now the padlock has gone.

“The mess they have made is unbelievable and people have been seen urinating in bushes.”

The news of the makeshift camp in Woolston will come as a bitter blow to residents following the removal of another travellers’ site in Culcheth.

The group, which took up residence on land off Common Lane on Wednesday before moving to privately-owned land off Warrington Road, were given their marching orders on Sunday after they were handed a section 61 notice.

Officers confirmed that the group had moved from the land by 2pm today, Monday, but had relocated to a children’s play area off Insall Road and Valiant Close in Padgate.

The group were told to move from the area by police at 3.30pm who followed the travellers out of the town as they drove up the M6.

Their presence has prompted a number of complaints with Cheshire Police increasing its presence in the area following a spike in reports at the weekend.

Since the group moved into the area, police were called to deal with an assault on a family outside their home.

It was also reported that a 16-year-old boy was threatened and a small quantity of beer was stolen from a shop.

A red car was seized on Warrington Road on Friday, which is believed to have been involved in the incidents.

And a disturbance reportedly involving travellers happened at the Noggin Inn, Warrington Road, Risley, on Sunday night.

Residents said on Facebook they had witnessed a large group drinking in the pub, and were 'bullied'.

Police were called there at 6.40pm to reports of an assault but no formal complaints or arrests were made.

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7:19pm Mon 14 Jul 14

montblanc says...

As a business owner on Woolston Grange, i know for a fact that crime will go up in the area now the "Travellers" have once again descended on the area. We have been plagued by these people for years with no solution as the police do naff all . In the past 4 years, we have had approx 7 occasions when "Travellers" have set up near my business and each time there are break-ins in the area both in houses and local business`s. Businesses are disrupted during the day and when they eventually leave we are left with a Bill to get a company in to clear up amongst other things human excrement from the landscaped areas as well as paying for baliffs to get them shifted. All the police ever do is turn up in their cars and drive away. I would like the "Travellers" to comply with the law like the rest of us and the police to look after the honest tax paying public
As a business owner on Woolston Grange, i know for a fact that crime will go up in the area now the "Travellers" have once again descended on the area. We have been plagued by these people for years with no solution as the police do naff all . In the past 4 years, we have had approx 7 occasions when "Travellers" have set up near my business and each time there are break-ins in the area both in houses and local business`s. Businesses are disrupted during the day and when they eventually leave we are left with a Bill to get a company in to clear up amongst other things human excrement from the landscaped areas as well as paying for baliffs to get them shifted. All the police ever do is turn up in their cars and drive away. I would like the "Travellers" to comply with the law like the rest of us and the police to look after the honest tax paying public montblanc
  • Score: 62

7:30pm Mon 14 Jul 14

dignified lawman says...

montblanc wrote:
As a business owner on Woolston Grange, i know for a fact that crime will go up in the area now the "Travellers" have once again descended on the area. We have been plagued by these people for years with no solution as the police do naff all . In the past 4 years, we have had approx 7 occasions when "Travellers" have set up near my business and each time there are break-ins in the area both in houses and local business`s. Businesses are disrupted during the day and when they eventually leave we are left with a Bill to get a company in to clear up amongst other things human excrement from the landscaped areas as well as paying for baliffs to get them shifted. All the police ever do is turn up in their cars and drive away. I would like the "Travellers" to comply with the law like the rest of us and the police to look after the honest tax paying public
Well said
[quote][p][bold]montblanc[/bold] wrote: As a business owner on Woolston Grange, i know for a fact that crime will go up in the area now the "Travellers" have once again descended on the area. We have been plagued by these people for years with no solution as the police do naff all . In the past 4 years, we have had approx 7 occasions when "Travellers" have set up near my business and each time there are break-ins in the area both in houses and local business`s. Businesses are disrupted during the day and when they eventually leave we are left with a Bill to get a company in to clear up amongst other things human excrement from the landscaped areas as well as paying for baliffs to get them shifted. All the police ever do is turn up in their cars and drive away. I would like the "Travellers" to comply with the law like the rest of us and the police to look after the honest tax paying public[/p][/quote]Well said dignified lawman
  • Score: 32

12:30pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Willow 234 says...

I agree with all of the above my son is now unable to go to his football practice as they have taken over where they play. I would love to know how they get away with it they are just a waste of space.
I agree with all of the above my son is now unable to go to his football practice as they have taken over where they play. I would love to know how they get away with it they are just a waste of space. Willow 234
  • Score: 22

1:49pm Tue 15 Jul 14

suzannet says...

As a Culcheth resident I feel sorry for you all. They caused nothing but trouble. Threatening behavior, driving cars on footpaths aiming at pedestrians, playing chicken with there cars with other cars, shop lifting and even assault. They trashed the land they were on leaving human feces on pathways that dog walkers and children use.
As a Culcheth resident I feel sorry for you all. They caused nothing but trouble. Threatening behavior, driving cars on footpaths aiming at pedestrians, playing chicken with there cars with other cars, shop lifting and even assault. They trashed the land they were on leaving human feces on pathways that dog walkers and children use. suzannet
  • Score: 21

7:49pm Tue 15 Jul 14

realistic southstander says...

I was wondering what happened to the comment I posted earlier on the Woolston travellers!
I was wondering what happened to the comment I posted earlier on the Woolston travellers! realistic southstander
  • Score: 1

10:16pm Tue 15 Jul 14

ExRatRacer says...

I have seen many traveler's campsites over the years, and with only one exception they always leave the area strewn with rubbish and excrement.
The exception? The two traveling gentlemen who used to call once or twice a year in their traditional horse-drawn caravan and stay in the field opposite the Walton Arms. There was never any trouble from them, and they were always welcomed in the village. Mind you, it is 35 years since I moved away from there! Does anyone else remember them?
If traveler's left the places as they find them, and their visits did not usually coincide with a mini crime wave, they would be welcomed like the ones I remember.
I have seen many traveler's campsites over the years, and with only one exception they always leave the area strewn with rubbish and excrement. The exception? The two traveling gentlemen who used to call once or twice a year in their traditional horse-drawn caravan and stay in the field opposite the Walton Arms. There was never any trouble from them, and they were always welcomed in the village. Mind you, it is 35 years since I moved away from there! Does anyone else remember them? If traveler's left the places as they find them, and their visits did not usually coincide with a mini crime wave, they would be welcomed like the ones I remember. ExRatRacer
  • Score: 4

11:35am Wed 16 Jul 14

jonesy1980 says...

realistic southstander wrote:
I was wondering what happened to the comment I posted earlier on the Woolston travellers!
Mine too. Maybe I upset the PC crowd by using the term "gypo" instead "traveller" pfft
[quote][p][bold]realistic southstander[/bold] wrote: I was wondering what happened to the comment I posted earlier on the Woolston travellers![/p][/quote]Mine too. Maybe I upset the PC crowd by using the term "gypo" instead "traveller" pfft jonesy1980
  • Score: 7

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