Travellers leave Ipswich car park after threat of legal action

Travellers have set up camp at West End Road in Ipswich. Picture: PAUL GEATER

Travellers have set up camp at West End Road in Ipswich. Picture: PAUL GEATER - Credit: Archant

Travellers who had set up camp at an Ipswich car park have moved on after they were threatened with legal action.

Ten caravans arrived at the West End Road car park, used by many rail passengers, late on Thursday.

Ipswich Borough Council hoped the threat of legal action would persuade the travellers to leave by the time commuters want to use the car park again on Monday, if not sooner over the weekend.

One Ipswich resident claimed more caravans had arrived on Saturday morning and that the council would have a tough task on its hands.

“It’s going to be a nightmare,” he said.

A council spokesman said there had been no reports of more travellers setting up camp but that the warning remained; if the group has not moved by Monday, legal action would be taken.

By lunchtime on Sunday, just two caravans remained in the car park, with a borough council spokesman confirming they had all moved on by 4pm.

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Travellers spent a week camped at the car park in May – moving the day after being served with an eviction notice.

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