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Travellers park up in Moor Park

Posted on - 10th September, 2018 - 8:25am | Author - | Posted in - Moor Park, Parks, Preston Council, Preston News
A horse grazes in Moor Park Pic: Blog Preston
A horse grazes in Moor Park Pic: Blog Preston

A traveller group has pitched up in Preston’s largest park.

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More than a dozen caravans have parked up on the Blackpool Road side of Moor Park.

The grade-II listed park has around ten horses grazing on a patch of land near the games area and the Jeremiah Horrocks observatory.

Tyre tracks can be seen on the grass where the travellers have made their way to the land.

Read more: Moor Park conservation area being reviewed

It is understood the group arrived during Sunday (9 September) afternoon.

The traveller group in Moor Park Pic: Blog Preston
The traveller group in Moor Park Pic: Blog Preston

A council spokeswoman said: “A group from the travelling community arrived on Moor Park on Sunday 9th September. Officers have attended to speak to them and welfare checks will soon be carried out by colleagues at Lancashire County Council.

“Eviction proceedings against the group will be commenced should the families fail to leave the site voluntarily.

“This is a large public park and it’s hoped disruption to local residents, businesses and park users will be minimal.”

In 2016 the park saw an encampment of travellers set up camp before the city council applied for an injunction to move them on.

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