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Residents disturbed by rowdy travellers
A COMMUNITY of travellers who plagued residents with loud noise and bags of rubbish were moved on by police yesterday.
Around 10 caravans arrived at a field on Lawns Park, off Queens Drive, around three nights ago and residents said dance music was blaring out until 6.15am and bags of rubbish were strewn across the grass.
A baby’s play pen was left on the grass filled with refuse near where the community was living and council officers were left to pick up the mess.
Swindon Council issued a trespass notice yesterday that stated the travellers had to leave the site by noon.
Police officers then went at 3pm to encourage the people to leave. A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said there was no disturbance during this eviction procedure and no arrests had to be made.
Graham Bridges, 69, who lives opposite the park, said he would like the council to add barriers or posts to stop future travellers using the space. He said travellers target the green space near his home every few years.
“Really I would like to see the council bring in barriers or posts,” said Mr Bridges.
“We have been kept up till 6.15am and I know a lot of other neighbours were kept awake too.
“We are lucky to live where we do. The council keep it nice and tidy and it’s good for the children to play.”
But he said youngsters will be unable to use the field for playing due to vans, cars and caravans ripping up the grass during the travellers’ stay.
“It’s an eyesore,” said Mr Bridges.
“There are rubbish bags in the bushes. Fortunately, it’s not been raining much.”
Emma Redzikowska, 40, who also lives close to the park, said the noise did not disturb her but she worried about the mess.
She said: “I can’t hear them much. I saw they had put a mattress in the bushes, which I hope they will take away with them but I don’t think they will. It’s not too much of a problem for me, I can still walk my dog there.”
One of the travellers, who wished not to be named, said they had enjoyed their time in Swindon and had tried not to make too much noise.
“The police have been great but the council have been pigs. We have got the whole world to live in but no one wants us.”
A police spokesperson said a council worker would have to go down to the land to clear away the rubbish left by the travelling community.