Travellers set up camp in Fulwood office car park

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Travellers have set up camp in an office car park in Fulwood.


A small convoy of travellers moved onto the car park of Holborn House, formerly the DWP offices, at around 9am this morning (October 8).

Police are at the scene of a traveller encampment in Caxton Road, off Eastway, Fulwood today (October 8)

Police are at the scene of a traveller encampment in Caxton Road, off Eastway, Fulwood today (October 8)

Three caravans and a number of vans were seen unloading belongings before police arrived a short time later.

A black Shetland pony has been tied up on a patch of grass and a large cage with dogs inside has been set up on the car park.

Lancashire Police were called to the site and spoke with members of the traveller community.

Patrol cars were then used to block the car park entrance, preventing more caravans from entering the site.

Three caravans are parked at the empty office car park, where families have set up camp with a shetland pony in tow

Three caravans are parked at the empty office car park, where families have set up camp with a shetland pony in tow

A police van was positioned at a side entrance in Oliver's Place whilst a patrol car was stationed at the main Caxton Road entrance.

Police have since left the site and a white van is now blocking the car park entrance.

It is not known whether the van belongs to the traveller community or the property owners/management.

The entrance had been secured with bollards to prevent access, but these appear to have been removed prior to the travellers arriving on site.

Officers have blocked access to the car park at a vacant office premises in Caxton Road, Fulwood

Officers have blocked access to the car park at a vacant office premises in Caxton Road, Fulwood

The business premises is privately-owned, meaning Preston City Council are not responsible for removing the travellers.

But Lancashire Police said it has made the Council aware of the situation so it can notify the landowners.

A Preston City Council spokesman said: "We are aware of the situation at Holborn House and we will be contacting the land owners."

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Travellers gained access to an unused office car park in Caxton Road, Fulwood this morning (October 8)

Travellers gained access to an unused office car park in Caxton Road, Fulwood this morning (October 8)

Holborn House, which has 78 car parking spaces on its one acre site, is managed by commercial property consultants HDAK.

It is currently for let with an asking price of £120,000 per annum.

A spokesman for HDAK said: "We have been made aware of possible trespass at one of our sites and have notified the owners."

How are travellers removed from private land?

- Trespass is a civil offence and not a criminal offence, therefore police cannot carry out an eviction on private property.

- In order to start the process of common law, a representative of the landowner (usually an enforcement officer/bailiff) will need to ask the trespassers to leave the property.

- Then a period of time, normally 24 hours, needs to be allowed for them to leave the land.

- If they have not left after this time then the enforcement officers can make the trespassers leave using 'reasonable force'.