A council officer watched as travellers tore up an official court summons and then burned the paperwork on a fire.
Blackpool magistrates heard about the act before they granted an order giving the local authority permission to physically remove the travellers and their property and vehicles from land at the Langdale Adult Training Centre on Langdale Road, Mereside.
I served the court summons on them and they tore it up in front of my face and threw it on the fire
The court heard how this was the sixth site in the area that travellers had illegally occupied in recent times.
The site had been visited by Fire and Rescue officers last week after reports that someone had been burning plastic to get to copper wiring underneath the site.
Environmental Protection Officer John Flint told the hearing: “At the weekend they told me they were leaving Langdale Road because they had to return to Ireland because their children needed to start school.
“But I have just driven past and one of the older ones was sitting on a wall using his phone and he waved at me.”
Colleague Nichola Todd said: “I served the court summons on them and they tore it up in front of my face and threw it on the fire.”
There were no objectors to the application made by council lawyer Lynda Bennett.