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Second court order sought after travellers moved from illegal camp set up at new site

Travellers are being evicted from an unauthorised encampment at Wolstanton Marsh, but council bosses say a new illegal camp has been set up in Clayton.

Newcastle Borough Council says it was made aware yesterday morning (3 June) that an unauthorised encampment had been established on Wolstanton Marsh.

It believes travellers gained access by removing a bench.

Wooden bollards were installed round the site in March last year, after several incidents of groups setting up on the site, which were funded by the county council and donations from the public.

Council officers attended the site yesterday to carry out a welfare assessment on the group. Following this, a Section 77 Directions notice was issued to the encampment directing them to leave immediately.

At a court hearing this morning (4 June), the council obtained an eviction order.

With the support of police, council officers are in the process of evicting people from the site. 

But in addition to this, they say the group has now gained access and established an unauthorised encampment on open space at Kingsbridge Avenue in Clayton.

They are also now planning to conduct a welfare assessment and issue the Section 77 Direction to Leave notice, and are looking to secure a a court date to obtain an order to cover the land.

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