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Travellers have pitched up near Newmarket Road

Travellers have pitched up near Newmarket Road in Cambridge.

Around four caravans and horses have been spotted in an estate in Fison Road in the city.

Residents expressed their concern to the News over the appearance after the group arrived at around 6pm this evening (June 12).

Travellers in Fison Road

Pictures taken at the scene show the caravans parked up on the grass.

The images show that horses are also tethered near the main road.

A horse near the main road

Travellers with horses were also spotted in Fulbourn Road earlier this month.

Photos taken at the time showed horses roaming and grazing around the park among a number of caravans.

(Image: Sixstreetunder.com)

Can the council move the travellers on immediately?

Travellers in Milton Park & Ride

No. The council first has to show that the travellers are on the land without the consent of the owner.

Some enquiries must initially be made about the welfare and rights of travellers before deciding on whether to take any action.

If action is to be taken the travellers must be asked to leave.

If they refuse, the landowner can then obtain a summons to serve on them.

The court can subsequently issue an order permitting the landowner to move the travellers.

The Government guidelines for dealing with unauthorised encampments states: "Unauthorised camping is not a criminal offence and (the Government) has no plans to make it so".

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