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UPDATE: travellers leave Victoria Park

The group have heeded a notice and have left the park before 2pm

Fiona Tomas

Fiona Tomas


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Update: travellers leave Victoria Park

DOZENS of travellers who settled in Victoria Park last night have moved on from the area. 

More than 20 caravans gained unauthorised access to the green last night by cutting through the gate locking bar at St Mary's Road.

Thames Valley Police served a notice demanding the park be cleared by 2pm today at the latest. 

The group were reportedly seen performing 'donuts' around the park's new football pitch. 

Outrageous desecration of a much loved green open space at the heart of our town. Glad criminal investigation underway. Hope collars get felt. Good news is there is really good working ‘tween Councils, @TVP_WestBerks and my office. Everyone can help with extra vigilance

— Richard Benyon (@RichardBenyonMP) March 19, 2019

Newbury Town Council officers were at the scene as soon as they were made aware of the incident and met with Thames Valley Police officers last night.

David Ingram, community services manager at Newbury Town Council, said the town council are currently working with its grounds maintenance contractor to assess the damage already caused, particularly to the recently re-laid football pitch and the cost for reinstatement.

For a full report and reaction see this week's Newbury Weekly News, out Thursday. 

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  • scooberdoo3

    20/03/2019 - 12:12

    Police are cowards unless they're battering sone or bugger mob handed


  • scooberdoo3

    20/03/2019 - 12:12

    Oooooooh you can't say stuff like that gypsies are now another protected minority you know!!! And yes, the police are absolutely terrified of them lol When they left and drove down Faraday rd yesterday 2 lots of maniac gypsies towing caravans sped up the wrong side of the rd nearly having head on with traffic turning left into Faraday rd in a seriously dangerous bit of crazy driving and police sat and watched and did nothing because they were terrified. Absolutely laughable You ir me did that and you'd get 12 months


  • NbyLad

    19/03/2019 - 20:08

    I can't believe the Police didn't arrest anyone when they were driving their cars around the grass, if I took my car down there and did the same thing, you can almost guarantee that I'd be spending a night in the cells. Why do they get away with it all the time.?? SPINELESS POLICE!!! just going for the easy targets!!


  • Tommy

    19/03/2019 - 15:03

    You can hear it now, ''I'm arresting you now in the name of the law, what's your name'', '' Bejasus It wasn't me sir Begorra, you can ask me mate Pat over there, It wasn't me was it Pat !'' ''No Pat I tink it was Seamus but he's gone to cause trouble somewhere else sure he is''


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