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Travellers move on

PUBLISHED: 09:52 18 August 2008 | UPDATED: 11:37 03 July 2010

A GROUP of Irish travellers who occupied a large part of Yarmouth's beach coach station for a week left on Saturday night amid criticism of the way they were allowed to stay.

A GROUP of Irish travellers who occupied a large part of Yarmouth's beach coach station for a week left on Saturday night amid criticism of the way they were allowed to stay.

The travellers and dozens of caravans arrived at the site on August 9 and were told by police they had to move on by Wednesday morning. But further travellers arrived in the week swelling the number of caravans to at least 60.

By late Saturday night all the travellers had left under the watchful eye of police officers. They stayed briefly at the Little Chef at Brundall.

On Wednesday police extended their deadline until Saturday morning because they feared the group may have some difficulties with another group of travellers in north Norfolk.

The MP for Yarmouth, Tony Wright, is now seeking answer from the police and Yarmouth Borough Council as to why further travellers were allowed on to the council owned coast station during the week.

And he claims that local guest houses suffered a loss of trade because visitors did not want to stay near the coach station.

He said: “It is totally unacceptable to have an encampment in the centre of town during the tourist season.”

Both sets of travellers are believed to be going to a wedding in Walsingham.


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