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Unauthorised encampment in Theale playing field

Travellers took up residence on Englefield Estate land on Wednesday

Charlie Masters

Charlie Masters

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Unauthorised encampment in Theale playing field

Theale residents reported the establishment of an illegal encampment on North Street Playing Field on Wednesday.

The field is owned and maintained by the Englefield Estate and is situated close to Theale CE Primary School.

Around seven motor home vehicles were present on the site.

An Englefield Estate spokesperson said: “We can confirm that the unauthorised encampment is on land leased to Theale Parish Council and we are working closely with the parish council to support them in their efforts to resolve this situation as soon as possible, mindful of the impact it is having on the local community.”

Thames Valley Police have told the Newbury Weekly News that trespassing on private land is a civil – as opposed to a criminal – matter.

Therefore, they will not usually intervene in such disputes.

The parish council has been approached for comment and has yet to respond.

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