Travellers set up 'unauthorised' camp between arts centre and junior school in Leicester

Travellers have set up an unauthorised camp on a patch of green land between a school and a community arts centre in Leicester. A group, which includes about a dozen caravans, has set up an encampment on land between the Peepul Centre and Catherine Junior School in Belgrave. Council bosses have given the group three days to leave the site.

A Leicester City Council official said that the travellers have until 11am on Friday to vacate the camp or the police could be called in.

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A local resident saw the camp when he went for walk this morning. “I don’t know how long it has been there but it can’t be that long,” they said. “The travellers have set up camp on land between and adjacent to the Peepul Centre and Catherine Junior School in Belgrave and in between the St Marks Estate, off Belgrave Road.

Travellers set up 'unauthorised' camp between arts centre and junior school in LeicesterTravellers set up in Leicester, on land off Dorset Street in Belgrave.

“I was waking along and saw caravans, cars, outside utensils such as tables and chairs and children ride-ons and even a pick-up truck with a car on top.

“There must be at least a dozen caravans. The whole site is covered.” A Leicester City Council spokesperson said: “An assessment was carried out this morning and a notice has now been served on the encampment under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

“This will give the group until 11am on Friday 19 June to vacate the site.

“This will be enforced by the police if necessary.”

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