Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 9°C


Felixstowe: Travellers set up camp on Langer Park after vandals break barrier lock

10:01 24 June 2014

Travellers in Langer Park, Felixstowe.

Travellers in Langer Park, Felixstowe.


Action is being taken to evict travellers who have set up camp in the middle of a popular park.


Council officials say the dozen caravans and assorted cars and trucks arrived soon after the lock on the barrier at Langer Park, Felixstowe, was broken.

It is the second year travellers have camped without permission on the park in Langer Road – last year they moved on immediately after the carnival finished.

A Suffolk Coastal spokesman said the process to remove the current group was already under way.

He said: “We are fully aware of the inconvenience this may cause regular users of the park and we would like to reassure local people that we will be working with our partners at Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Constabulary to resolve the matter as soon as we can, within the current legislation.

“Our staff have already visited the site to begin the process of removing the occupants as soon as possible.

“However, this is not a quick process. Before any action can be taken, we are required by law to carry out a welfare audit, together with Suffolk County Council, to establish the wellbeing of the occupants.

“If we do not follow this process fully, any necessarily legal action in the future could be rendered null and void.

“Providing that no issues are identified during the welfare audit, appropriate action will then be taken to remove all the travellers, their vehicles and possessions from the site at the earliest opportunity.”

The council said the park barrier was locked but the lock was broken off over the weekend.

Anyone with any information about who broke the lock should contact police on 101.



  • Strange why the moderator stops some comments when the stopped ones are probably the opinion of the majority!! Bet he likes his power job

    Report this comment


    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Strange that the lock was "vandalised", where were the travellers, lurking round the corner. How did they just happen to come by at the right time. Lots of questions needing answers and its not that difficult to fit height restricting barriers.

    Report this comment

    October girl

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • To Victor: The Star can censor all they like but it doesn't change the majority view. N.Korean ideas of freedom of speech has its limitations.

    Report this comment

    Sarky Sage

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Bless them all, fluffy bunnies and kittens too. Nice liberal comments of loveliness, rainbows, chocolate, get my drift.

    Report this comment

    C Smith

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Maria, it's called a camp site. We usually stay on one in the Lake's. The difference is you have to pay to use the facilities and your not allowed to leave your rubbish behind.

    Report this comment

    Ashley Barrett

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • I Think there should be certain places avaliable for those choosing to travel around? That way they can travel from camp to camp.. that would save wasting the police time moving them on.. The majority of travellers are decent and hard working... There is good and bad in everyone,just a few gives them a bad name x

    Report this comment


    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Fine upstanding citizens I don't understand why people put them down.(Bet this is printed)

    Report this comment


    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Obviously a touchy subject - earlier comments removed and my comment rejected by moderator.

    Report this comment

    The original Victor Meldrew

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • i think im going to put my caravan on christchurch park.then see if the council get a order to get me off.

    Report this comment

    Big Ben

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Pleased to hear via local social network that they left on Monday afternoon.

    Report this comment


    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • They might have travelled from the London Road Park N Ride car park in Ipswich, there were a group of travellers there just a few days ago!!

    Report this comment


    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Broomhill Swimming Pool in Ipswich has received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. L-R: Robyn Llewellyn (head of Heritage Lottery Fund - East of England), Cllr Bryony Rudkin, Tim Mills, Garath Jones and Mark Ling.

Broomhill pool in Ipswich could reopen to the public at Easter 2018 – its 80th anniversary – after its re-opening proposals got the backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Georgia and Jodie Mutch have lost 8.5 stone between them after joining Slimming World. The sisters are pictured in Ipswich. Georgis is on left on the latest photo

Jodie Mutch and sister Georgia are celebrating new slim-line figures after losing five stone and three stone respectively.

The Robin Hood Country Show will feature a jousting display.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are our top ideas.

One of the CCTV images police have issued in their search for a teenager who stole a bicycle from Grimwade Street, Ipswich

Police have issued CCTV images of a teenager they are keen to trace after a bicycle was stolen from Grimwade Street in Ipswich.

Average speed camera.

Average speed cameras on the A12 on the Essex and Suffolk border have not yet been switched on – three months after they were installed.

The entrance to PPG Industries in Stowmarket. (File image from 2012)

Two males believed to be from Afghanistan have been arrested on immigration offences in Stowmarket this morning.

Airman 1st Class Darren Phillips, 48th Equipment Maintenance Squadron crew chief at RAF Lakenheath, who died in a motorcycle accident

A memorial service for a 20-year-old US Air Force airman who died after a crash near Barton Mills is being held.

Police attended to the incident

A car has crashed into a house in Bury St Edmunds and destroyed a fish tank.

Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival

If you’d like to treat your tastebuds this weekend, you’re in the right place.

Thomas Harvey's winning entry in the Landguard Photography Competition 2015.

Stunning photographs of Suffolk’s most southerly point attracted big interest on-line with around 800 people voting for their favourite.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages