Travellers move on after police step in
Saturday 5th July 2014 @ 09:54 by Lisa B
News

Families on a Glossop estate threw up a makeshift barrier to  stop travellers descending on nearby fields.

Neighbours on Woodcock Grove sprang into action around 8pm on Sunday when cars and caravans swept onto Pyegrove fields.

Following fears that more might arrive, they blocked the entrance with tables and chairs and called the police.

CAMP: The travellers set up camp in Pyegrove fields

CAMP: The travellers set up camp in Pyegrove fields

Earlier officers had rushed to Tesco’s store on Glossopbrook Road following a build up of 20 caravans.

Following talks, the travellers  moved to the town centre Edward Street car park.

Police intervened, and the convoy moved again, this time to Pyegrove, where the stay lasted an hour.

As neighbours looked on, three police cars raced into the cul-de-sac. Officers then walked into the field to the six vans, for more talks.

As night drew in, the convoy started to move, and a policeman told neighbours they travellers had agreed to go.

The fleet moved off for a over-night stop on private land at the side of Brookfield petrol station.

Police called the owner and as early Monday morning came, the travellers prepared to move out, but again they did not travel far.

Early on Tuesday morning, an anonymous caller rang us to say: “They are on the car park at Torside, there must be more than 20 cars and vans.”

We called the Peak District National Park, where a spokesman said: “They stayed over night and have left. We did not have to serve notice on them.”

Where they are now is unclear.

When the travellers arrived in Glossop, rumours swept through town that they were heading for land near Glossop Golf Club where there are plans to turn the area into a six unit travellers’ site.

But when questioned by police, the travellers denied it, saying they had never heard of the golf club, or the planning application.

National park officers who will decide on the planning plea, have had more than 600 objections to it.

Members are expected to meet to reach a decision in the next few weeks.

A police spokesman said on Wednesday that the travellers had moved on.

by David Jones