UPDATE: Travellers move on from car park at Branksome - but caravans at Slades Farm stay put

UPDATE: Travellers move on from car park at Branksome - but caravans at Slades Farm stay put

Travellers move on from car park at Branksome

Travellers remain at Slades Farm today

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THE travellers who moved onto Beach Road car park, Branksome, Poole, on Friday have left the site.

Borough of Poole confirmed the encampment, including a dozen caravans and two motor homes, moved sometime over the weekend.

Meanwhile, the travellers on land next to homes at Christopher Crescent, Fletsbridge, Poole, have been served with direction orders – and if they don’t leave the site council officials will attended court on Wednesday to seek an eviction notice.

Around a dozen caravans and campervans arrived at Slades Farm in Ensbury Park on Friday evening.

It’s thought a metal chain used to secure the gate to the playing field was removed, a height restrictor was damaged and a boulder moved.

As of Monday lunchtime, the travellers remain at the site, although Bournemouth Borough Council is due to apply for an eviction order today.

Security teams from the council have been positioned at the site since Saturday morning to prevent further vehicles from entering the ground.

Parks manager Andy McDonald said: “Our council officers are aware of the recent unauthorised encampment at Slades Farm.

“They are doing all they can, taking the necessary legal action to move them on as soon as possible. In the meantime, security is on site to monitor the situation.”

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10:36am Mon 28 Jul 14

jill M says...

What's the point in saying anything- it's been said thousands of times- no one listens!
What's the point in saying anything- it's been said thousands of times- no one listens! jill M
  • Score: 25

10:38am Mon 28 Jul 14

crystal-coast says...

So they can cause criminal damaged, upset residents and cause trouble but yet you can't just move them on and arrest them. If any of us did something like that we would be arrested, charged and shamed in the echo. Wait until the steam fair is gone and then that's it. Put massive boulders everywhere, industrial locks as well then if anyone does get in you know it's criminal damage instead of saying "it could be criminal damage" and if you can't figure out which one did it. ARREST THEM ALL!!
So they can cause criminal damaged, upset residents and cause trouble but yet you can't just move them on and arrest them. If any of us did something like that we would be arrested, charged and shamed in the echo. Wait until the steam fair is gone and then that's it. Put massive boulders everywhere, industrial locks as well then if anyone does get in you know it's criminal damage instead of saying "it could be criminal damage" and if you can't figure out which one did it. ARREST THEM ALL!! crystal-coast
  • Score: 27

10:39am Mon 28 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

It’s thought a metal chain used to secure the gate to the playing field was removed, a height restrictor was damaged and a boulder moved.


They had loads of time to play then when nobody turns up to stop them? .......OH! I forgot.......they are unstoppable.
It’s thought a metal chain used to secure the gate to the playing field was removed, a height restrictor was damaged and a boulder moved. They had loads of time to play then when nobody turns up to stop them? .......OH! I forgot.......they are unstoppable. BIGTONE
  • Score: 22

10:56am Mon 28 Jul 14

Nicki18 says...

Avoid the area! As a local dog waking spot we went today, the land is covered in human faeces. Disgusting!
Avoid the area! As a local dog waking spot we went today, the land is covered in human faeces. Disgusting! Nicki18
  • Score: 13

10:59am Mon 28 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

Escort them out of the county to Hampshire, where they actually do something about them. Oh, wait, they'll be gone after the steam fair, like every year....
Escort them out of the county to Hampshire, where they actually do something about them. Oh, wait, they'll be gone after the steam fair, like every year.... speedy231278
  • Score: 8

12:23pm Mon 28 Jul 14

crystal-coast says...

Nicki18 wrote:
Avoid the area! As a local dog waking spot we went today, the land is covered in human faeces. Disgusting!
Oh my god! That's horrible. Have you called the police or something to make them aware. That's just completely out of order. They wouldn't like it if we did that all around there caravans
[quote][p][bold]Nicki18[/bold] wrote: Avoid the area! As a local dog waking spot we went today, the land is covered in human faeces. Disgusting![/p][/quote]Oh my god! That's horrible. Have you called the police or something to make them aware. That's just completely out of order. They wouldn't like it if we did that all around there caravans crystal-coast
  • Score: 8

1:19pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Blackandred says...

Nicki18 wrote:
Avoid the area! As a local dog waking spot we went today, the land is covered in human faeces. Disgusting!
You can't call them "human faeces!" They are either Romany Gypsy or Irish Travellers - didn't you read the guidance on making comments?
[quote][p][bold]Nicki18[/bold] wrote: Avoid the area! As a local dog waking spot we went today, the land is covered in human faeces. Disgusting![/p][/quote]You can't call them "human faeces!" They are either Romany Gypsy or Irish Travellers - didn't you read the guidance on making comments? Blackandred
  • Score: 13

1:20pm Mon 28 Jul 14

crystal-coast says...

Blackandred wrote:
Nicki18 wrote:
Avoid the area! As a local dog waking spot we went today, the land is covered in human faeces. Disgusting!
You can't call them "human faeces!" They are either Romany Gypsy or Irish Travellers - didn't you read the guidance on making comments?
Very good lol
[quote][p][bold]Blackandred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nicki18[/bold] wrote: Avoid the area! As a local dog waking spot we went today, the land is covered in human faeces. Disgusting![/p][/quote]You can't call them "human faeces!" They are either Romany Gypsy or Irish Travellers - didn't you read the guidance on making comments?[/p][/quote]Very good lol crystal-coast
  • Score: 8

1:20pm Mon 28 Jul 14

crystal-coast says...

Blackandred wrote:
Nicki18 wrote:
Avoid the area! As a local dog waking spot we went today, the land is covered in human faeces. Disgusting!
You can't call them "human faeces!" They are either Romany Gypsy or Irish Travellers - didn't you read the guidance on making comments?
Very good lol
[quote][p][bold]Blackandred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nicki18[/bold] wrote: Avoid the area! As a local dog waking spot we went today, the land is covered in human faeces. Disgusting![/p][/quote]You can't call them "human faeces!" They are either Romany Gypsy or Irish Travellers - didn't you read the guidance on making comments?[/p][/quote]Very good lol crystal-coast
  • Score: 6

2:53pm Mon 28 Jul 14

pete woodley says...

Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in.
Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in. pete woodley
  • Score: 6

2:59pm Mon 28 Jul 14

retry69 says...

pete woodley wrote:
Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in.
Conflicting gossip Pete ,I was told that they were too busy on their phones when a couple of others drove through.I do know that there are a few elderly/vulnerable people living near by who are as frightened as hell and have been since Friday.Where are the local councillors? They should be visiting these people with some reassurance at least.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in.[/p][/quote]Conflicting gossip Pete ,I was told that they were too busy on their phones when a couple of others drove through.I do know that there are a few elderly/vulnerable people living near by who are as frightened as hell and have been since Friday.Where are the local councillors? They should be visiting these people with some reassurance at least. retry69
  • Score: 9

3:04pm Mon 28 Jul 14

retry69 says...

retry69 wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in.
Conflicting gossip Pete ,I was told that they were too busy on their phones when a couple of others drove through.I do know that there are a few elderly/vulnerable people living near by who are as frightened as hell and have been since Friday.Where are the local councillors? They should be visiting these people with some reassurance at least.
Of course I mean gossip in the positive sense :)
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in.[/p][/quote]Conflicting gossip Pete ,I was told that they were too busy on their phones when a couple of others drove through.I do know that there are a few elderly/vulnerable people living near by who are as frightened as hell and have been since Friday.Where are the local councillors? They should be visiting these people with some reassurance at least.[/p][/quote]Of course I mean gossip in the positive sense :) retry69
  • Score: 3

3:07pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Wackerone says...

pete woodley wrote:
Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in.
It's no use sticking a couple of scarecrows with a council badge on the gate and calling it 'security'. You need some proper 'SECURITY', a few heavies who would soon sort the human faeces out!
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in.[/p][/quote]It's no use sticking a couple of scarecrows with a council badge on the gate and calling it 'security'. You need some proper 'SECURITY', a few heavies who would soon sort the human faeces out! Wackerone
  • Score: 6

3:19pm Mon 28 Jul 14

TheDistrict says...

pete woodley wrote:
Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in.
Was round there and watched the "security" show no authority what so ever in stopping them.

Cllr Phillips and the Parks Manager are useless. They promise this and that and do nothing.

Anyway as for the human faeseces, "**** comes from ****"
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in.[/p][/quote]Was round there and watched the "security" show no authority what so ever in stopping them. Cllr Phillips and the Parks Manager are useless. They promise this and that and do nothing. Anyway as for the human faeseces, "**** comes from ****" TheDistrict
  • Score: 5

3:52pm Mon 28 Jul 14

heynow says...

Does anyone have an actual update ?
Just seen park empty except for new occupants ,so sad as normally a busy park and full of life.

Cars are allowed to come and go as well , surely if they leave don't let them back in !!!!!!
Does anyone have an actual update ? Just seen park empty except for new occupants ,so sad as normally a busy park and full of life. Cars are allowed to come and go as well , surely if they leave don't let them back in !!!!!! heynow
  • Score: 5

3:58pm Mon 28 Jul 14

pete woodley says...

retry69 wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in.
Conflicting gossip Pete ,I was told that they were too busy on their phones when a couple of others drove through.I do know that there are a few elderly/vulnerable people living near by who are as frightened as hell and have been since Friday.Where are the local councillors? They should be visiting these people with some reassurance at least.
My info came from the two big guards.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in.[/p][/quote]Conflicting gossip Pete ,I was told that they were too busy on their phones when a couple of others drove through.I do know that there are a few elderly/vulnerable people living near by who are as frightened as hell and have been since Friday.Where are the local councillors? They should be visiting these people with some reassurance at least.[/p][/quote]My info came from the two big guards. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

4:28pm Mon 28 Jul 14

retry69 says...

pete woodley wrote:
retry69 wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in.
Conflicting gossip Pete ,I was told that they were too busy on their phones when a couple of others drove through.I do know that there are a few elderly/vulnerable people living near by who are as frightened as hell and have been since Friday.Where are the local councillors? They should be visiting these people with some reassurance at least.
My info came from the two big guards.
Effin hell Pete I've been up there about 12 times since friday with haven't seen any big guards,you are not wandering around at night are you ?
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in.[/p][/quote]Conflicting gossip Pete ,I was told that they were too busy on their phones when a couple of others drove through.I do know that there are a few elderly/vulnerable people living near by who are as frightened as hell and have been since Friday.Where are the local councillors? They should be visiting these people with some reassurance at least.[/p][/quote]My info came from the two big guards.[/p][/quote]Effin hell Pete I've been up there about 12 times since friday with haven't seen any big guards,you are not wandering around at night are you ? retry69
  • Score: 5

6:19pm Mon 28 Jul 14

neilf2006 says...

Call on Toby Ellwood to get involved, clearly he is really concerned with our welfare, instance him wanting to get mobile phones banned on the beach. That would give him two items on his to do list rather than just one. ?
Call on Toby Ellwood to get involved, clearly he is really concerned with our welfare, instance him wanting to get mobile phones banned on the beach. That would give him two items on his to do list rather than just one. ? neilf2006
  • Score: 5

6:46pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Carolyn43 says...

So all those boulders the council bought were a complete waste of our money, as are the "security guards".
So all those boulders the council bought were a complete waste of our money, as are the "security guards". Carolyn43
  • Score: 5

7:47pm Mon 28 Jul 14

pete woodley says...

retry69 wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
retry69 wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in.
Conflicting gossip Pete ,I was told that they were too busy on their phones when a couple of others drove through.I do know that there are a few elderly/vulnerable people living near by who are as frightened as hell and have been since Friday.Where are the local councillors? They should be visiting these people with some reassurance at least.
My info came from the two big guards.
Effin hell Pete I've been up there about 12 times since friday with haven't seen any big guards,you are not wandering around at night are you ?
WENT THIS MORNING AT ABOUT 11-15 ,ONE BIG LAD GOT OUT OF VAN,OTHER DID NOT MOVE AND HARDLY SPOKE.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in.[/p][/quote]Conflicting gossip Pete ,I was told that they were too busy on their phones when a couple of others drove through.I do know that there are a few elderly/vulnerable people living near by who are as frightened as hell and have been since Friday.Where are the local councillors? They should be visiting these people with some reassurance at least.[/p][/quote]My info came from the two big guards.[/p][/quote]Effin hell Pete I've been up there about 12 times since friday with haven't seen any big guards,you are not wandering around at night are you ?[/p][/quote]WENT THIS MORNING AT ABOUT 11-15 ,ONE BIG LAD GOT OUT OF VAN,OTHER DID NOT MOVE AND HARDLY SPOKE. pete woodley
  • Score: 0

8:53am Tue 29 Jul 14

BarrHumbug says...

pete woodley wrote:
Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in.
When I was over there on Sunday there were 13 caravans/mobile homes, this morning there are 18 of them! Whats the point?

As said they should be locked in to restrict their movements and make their stay as difficult as possible until the eviction order is obtained and then turf them out!

Have a thought for our own scally's, where are they supposed to go now to get drunk, steal mopeds and set fire to them?
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in.[/p][/quote]When I was over there on Sunday there were 13 caravans/mobile homes, this morning there are 18 of them! Whats the point? As said they should be locked in to restrict their movements and make their stay as difficult as possible until the eviction order is obtained and then turf them out! Have a thought for our own scally's, where are they supposed to go now to get drunk, steal mopeds and set fire to them? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 1

9:38am Tue 29 Jul 14

Fuscia67 says...

I believe that human effluent smells stronger in hot weather. Run a ruddy great syphon hose from the sewers onto their encampments and 'bomb the b*&#@r£!!!'. Then when/if they complain, make them clean up afterwards, just as we pay to clean up after them!......Having said that, they probably wouldn't even notice...Blood boiling now!
I believe that human effluent smells stronger in hot weather. Run a ruddy great syphon hose from the sewers onto their encampments and 'bomb the b*&#@r£!!!'. Then when/if they complain, make them clean up afterwards, just as we pay to clean up after them!......Having said that, they probably wouldn't even notice...Blood boiling now! Fuscia67
  • Score: 2

9:54am Tue 29 Jul 14

retry69 says...

retry69 wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in.
Conflicting gossip Pete ,I was told that they were too busy on their phones when a couple of others drove through.I do know that there are a few elderly/vulnerable people living near by who are as frightened as hell and have been since Friday.Where are the local councillors? They should be visiting these people with some reassurance at least.
Day 4 The same elderly and vulnerable still scared, still no reassurance from our local councillors,where are you when your voters need you?
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Apparently the two guards have been threatened,by the travellers for trying to stop more caravans coming in,and police told them to let them in.[/p][/quote]Conflicting gossip Pete ,I was told that they were too busy on their phones when a couple of others drove through.I do know that there are a few elderly/vulnerable people living near by who are as frightened as hell and have been since Friday.Where are the local councillors? They should be visiting these people with some reassurance at least.[/p][/quote]Day 4 The same elderly and vulnerable still scared, still no reassurance from our local councillors,where are you when your voters need you? retry69
  • Score: 2

5:09pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Missie97 says...

Just been up there to walk the dog. No one on the skateboard park or in children's playground. 3 security guards sitting in van. Chap in white van drove straight in to the encampment and back out again apparently went to have a go at the new residents because his wife was nearly run over by a motor bike. They told him to f***** off. Then another van drove straight in presumably after a day out working!!!!! Security guards didn't move once. I feel so mad - next stop local councillors
Just been up there to walk the dog. No one on the skateboard park or in children's playground. 3 security guards sitting in van. Chap in white van drove straight in to the encampment and back out again apparently went to have a go at the new residents because his wife was nearly run over by a motor bike. They told him to f***** off. Then another van drove straight in presumably after a day out working!!!!! Security guards didn't move once. I feel so mad - next stop local councillors Missie97
  • Score: 1

6:07pm Tue 29 Jul 14

retry69 says...

Missie97 wrote:
Just been up there to walk the dog. No one on the skateboard park or in children's playground. 3 security guards sitting in van. Chap in white van drove straight in to the encampment and back out again apparently went to have a go at the new residents because his wife was nearly run over by a motor bike. They told him to f***** off. Then another van drove straight in presumably after a day out working!!!!! Security guards didn't move once. I feel so mad - next stop local councillors
Yeah Slades Farm Road is a bit of a race track with motor bikes,wheelies what have you.15 mins ago 4 or 5 young lads being chased on foot by an angry looking man so don't know what they have been up to.Local councillors a waste of space always have been only worried when there is a danger of travellers near their own homes or work place,you listening Cllr Phillips that will be a first if you are.Just keep your head down and hope someone grows a pair and do what they are elected to do but don't hold your breath.Stay safe :)
[quote][p][bold]Missie97[/bold] wrote: Just been up there to walk the dog. No one on the skateboard park or in children's playground. 3 security guards sitting in van. Chap in white van drove straight in to the encampment and back out again apparently went to have a go at the new residents because his wife was nearly run over by a motor bike. They told him to f***** off. Then another van drove straight in presumably after a day out working!!!!! Security guards didn't move once. I feel so mad - next stop local councillors[/p][/quote]Yeah Slades Farm Road is a bit of a race track with motor bikes,wheelies what have you.15 mins ago 4 or 5 young lads being chased on foot by an angry looking man so don't know what they have been up to.Local councillors a waste of space always have been only worried when there is a danger of travellers near their own homes or work place,you listening Cllr Phillips that will be a first if you are.Just keep your head down and hope someone grows a pair and do what they are elected to do but don't hold your breath.Stay safe :) retry69
  • Score: 2

7:53pm Tue 29 Jul 14

pete woodley says...

Missie97 wrote:
Just been up there to walk the dog. No one on the skateboard park or in children's playground. 3 security guards sitting in van. Chap in white van drove straight in to the encampment and back out again apparently went to have a go at the new residents because his wife was nearly run over by a motor bike. They told him to f***** off. Then another van drove straight in presumably after a day out working!!!!! Security guards didn't move once. I feel so mad - next stop local councillors
Security guards are a complete waste of time,too much bother to get out of van.
[quote][p][bold]Missie97[/bold] wrote: Just been up there to walk the dog. No one on the skateboard park or in children's playground. 3 security guards sitting in van. Chap in white van drove straight in to the encampment and back out again apparently went to have a go at the new residents because his wife was nearly run over by a motor bike. They told him to f***** off. Then another van drove straight in presumably after a day out working!!!!! Security guards didn't move once. I feel so mad - next stop local councillors[/p][/quote]Security guards are a complete waste of time,too much bother to get out of van. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

2:00pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Goffee says...

More have turned up now, stacking in the car park and camping up right next to the skate park. Place a total no-go zone for kids and dogs, abusive and dangerous atmosphere.

Nice summer holiday for them, cheers British Legal System, you've done us proud.
More have turned up now, stacking in the car park and camping up right next to the skate park. Place a total no-go zone for kids and dogs, abusive and dangerous atmosphere. Nice summer holiday for them, cheers British Legal System, you've done us proud. Goffee
  • Score: 1

7:15pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Missie97 says...

Goffee wrote:
More have turned up now, stacking in the car park and camping up right next to the skate park. Place a total no-go zone for kids and dogs, abusive and dangerous atmosphere.

Nice summer holiday for them, cheers British Legal System, you've done us proud.
Been in contact with councillor Rod Cooper yesterday and today. He says he thinks something should be sorted legally before end of week. Hopefully that's the case.
He did visit the park this morning.
[quote][p][bold]Goffee[/bold] wrote: More have turned up now, stacking in the car park and camping up right next to the skate park. Place a total no-go zone for kids and dogs, abusive and dangerous atmosphere. Nice summer holiday for them, cheers British Legal System, you've done us proud.[/p][/quote]Been in contact with councillor Rod Cooper yesterday and today. He says he thinks something should be sorted legally before end of week. Hopefully that's the case. He did visit the park this morning. Missie97
  • Score: 0

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