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Growing traveller group still illegally occupying land near picturesque village

A group of traveller caravans is still illegally occupying land near the picturesque village of Thri..

By admin , in Cambridge , at April 20, 2018

A group of traveller caravans is still illegally occupying land near the picturesque village of Thriplow days after it first arrived.

The News reported how arrived eight caravans and other vehicles pitched up in a field off the A505 on Sunday (April 15).

According to one district councillor, the land is subject to a high court injunction preventing trespass.

But Jane Gough, chair of the village parish council, today (April 20) said that the group of caravans had grown in size.

"There will be a court committal proceeding on Monday," she said. "They will have a fly-tipping notice served on them a the same time."

According to local reports piles of dumped rubbish have been left near Crishall Grange road.

"There's a lot of fly-tipping," Ms Gough added. "There was fly-tipping there before but they are actually adding to the situation.

"Hopefully it will be solved soon."

Officers from Cambridgeshire police previously visited the site when the group first arrived but no offences were identified.

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Peter Topping, a councillor on South Cambridgeshire District Council who represents Thriplow, previously told the News that the council had secured a high court injunction on trespassing on the private land in 2009.

"Anyone going on that land is in breach of the high court injunction," he said. "It's a protected piece of land."

Cllr Topping said this was the second time in two months that travellers had parked on the private site.

"What people are saying to me is it's just a cat and mouse game," he added. "The courts put an injunction forbidding trespassing on this land.

"A group of people with lorries and diggers go on this land and three months later they come back again.

"Either the law is the law, otherwise we might as well not bother."