TRAVELLERS camped on a Preston park could soon be evicted by the city’s council after a five-day stay.
Lancashire Police confirmed it had received several calls from residents local to Moor Park complaining about the group shouting abuse, littering and driving erratically across the grass.
Ten caravans and other vehicles appeared on the park on Thursday with just over a week until Rockprest and Preston City Council, which owns the land, says it will move the group on “as soon as possible”.
A council spokesperson said: “A group from the travelling community arrived on Moor Park last week and officers attended to check on their welfare. We have now commenced eviction proceedings against the group and, if granted, this will be actioned as soon as possible.”
Police officers had also been down to the park to speak to the travellers after several reports of anti-social behaviour.
Peter Walmsley, 56, a resident from Blackpool Road was one of the complainants and said he’d seen a woman having abuse shouted at her by the campers.
“I’ve seen lots of dirty nappies, pillows and abandoned vehicles across the park,” he said. “They’re making it very intimidating for people to go in the park, they clearly see it as their area and don’t want people going near it.
There’s been lots of bad behaviour including driving their cars over the grass and the footpaths in the park ruining the ground. Some of the children have also been running around the park half naked and a poor woman had abuse shouted at her the other day. Hopefully something will be done sooner rather than later and I’ve been told by the police that the council are handling it now and they should soon be gone.”