Caravans are moved on by police
TRAVELLER caravans illegally parked in the Tesco car park have been moved on by police. Last week, police told the Ely Standard that they could not intervene when travellers parked up on the privately-owned Cambridgeshire Business Park, but they were resp
TRAVELLER caravans illegally parked in the Tesco car park have been moved on by police.
Last week, police told the Ely Standard that they could not intervene when travellers parked up on the privately-owned Cambridgeshire Business Park, but they were responsible for the removal of four caravans in the Angle Drove car park because they were parked on private land.
Ely police Inspector Adam Gallop said: "We have followed procedures when dealing with unauthorised encampments. It has been agreed by the police, Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge City Council and the Cambridgeshire district councils that a fair and balanced approach is required in order to reduce tensions."
Ten illegally parked caravans left the neighbouring Cambridgeshire Business Park last Thursday after East Cambridgeshire District Council issued two 24-hour eviction notices threatening court action.
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An East Cambridgeshire District Council spokesperson said: "Travellers have every right to move through the district. But we will take steps to prevent future illegal encampments, by doing things like blocking off the areas they target."
East Cambridgeshire District Council officials met with local businessmen and women this week to discuss security on Cambridgeshire Business Park.
The district council spokesman said: "The business themselves would have had to pay for any increased security and they decided it was not necessary.