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Swaffham Bulbeck digs trenches in village green to stop travellers

A village has taken controversial measures to deal with travellers who illegally camped on its picturesque recreation ground twice in four days.

Caravans first arrived on The Denny in Swaffham Bulbeck on September 6 and were issued with an eviction order by the parish council two days later and left. Two days later the caravans were back.

At an extraordinary meeting of the council was attended by around 30 residents it was agreed that the site had to be made secure and that as a temporary measure a trench would be dug and 15 tree trunks supplied by a local contractor would be place around the perimeter of the field.

Swaffham Bulbeck anti-traveller measures (18197458)
Swaffham Bulbeck anti-traveller measures (18197458)

Parish clerk Diane Bayliss said to get an eviction notice cost the parish £1,300 and they had had to get two.

"We were advised by the county's enforcement officer that we had to make the site secure as soon as possible otherwise we could well be facing the same problem again," she said.

Swaffham Bulbeck anti-traveller measures (18197463)
Swaffham Bulbeck anti-traveller measures (18197463)

Council chairmanSue Romero, said: "We called a special meeting of the council because the field is a feature in the centre of the village and it was important residents were given the chance to have their say.

"Our county councillor, who was present at the meeting said they were impressed with the way everyone had conducted themselves and that they were a credit to their community."

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