Travellers occupy police HQ land
Published 22/06/2010 | 17:26
Travellers have moved on to land earmarked for a police force's £20 million divisional headquarters.
More than 20 people settled on the land marked for the new Gloucestershire Police HQ outside Cheltenham towing half-a-dozen caravans with them.
The force has decided to take court action to remove the travellers from the field off the A435, near village Bishop's Cleeve, which is owned by the Gloucestershire Police Authority.
The group, who arrived at the site with dogs and a goat, told reporters they are staying until the weekend.
Traveller Clyde Manson, 21, said: "We are on our way to London but we popped up this end because it's supposed to be nice. The racing is supposed to be good.
"We will leave it how we found it. All the rubbish will be bagged up."
The horse racing season is not due to start at Prestbury Park until the Showcase meeting in October.
Assistant Chief Constable Ivor Twydell, of Gloucestershire police, said: "The land occupied by travellers in Bishop's Cleeve is the site of the new custody suite and police operational accommodation and is owned by Gloucestershire Police Authority.
"We are taking the appropriate course of action on behalf of the authority and, working with our partners at Gloucestershire County Council, we will be applying to the courts for a possession order."