Travellers on South Shore car park moved on by police

Travellers who stayed for four days on a South Shore car park have been moved on by the police.

Wednesday, 8th August 2018, 11:35 am
Updated Monday, 13th August 2018, 11:28 am
Police outside Lockheed Court yesterday

Six caravans and six vans were parked on the site, near Lockheed Court off Amy Johnson Way, at the weekend.

Bailiffs were called in yesterday morning as people remained on the site despite being told by the landlord to leave on Monday.

Police vans could be seen in the area at around 4pm. Officers confirmed they had used their section 61 powers to order the travellers to leave.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Insp Pete Hannon said: "Due to the disruption caused and after discussing options with council colleagues, we agreed that police powers would be the best way forward. The travellers were instructed to leave the area, which they did."

A Blackpool Council spokesman said: "The Council’s environmental protection team were on hand to assist throughout the afternoon. There was a police escort and the final van moved off around 6:30pm last night."

She added that there were 'no signs' that the vehicles had been moved elsewhere in the area.

Four boys who were arrested from the travellers site on Monday on suspicion of criminal damage have been released without charge.