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Travellers set up 'unauthorised encampment' in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 08:10 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:10 11 July 2017

Travellers have set up a camp just off Whapload Road in Lowestoft. Photo: Nick Butcher.

Travellers have set up a camp just off Whapload Road in Lowestoft. Photo: Nick Butcher.

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A group of Travellers have set up camp in Lowestoft.

It is understood they arrived in an area near Whapload Road, North Denes last Friday, July 10.

A spokesman for Waveney District Council said: “We are aware of an unauthorised encampment on land adjacent to the net drying racks, on Whapload Road in Lowestoft.

“In accordance with the joint Suffolk protocol for unauthorised encampments, the council is working closely with Suffolk Police and the Norfolk and Suffolk Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Liaison Service.

“As such, regular visits will be made to the site, including an initial welfare assessment.

“It is expected that the travellers will vacate the site shortly, however should this not be the case, we will begin proceedings to move the encampment on.”

Two groups of Travellers, who had previously set up camp in Lowestoft and Oulton Broad earlier this year, vacated the sites on Saturday, May 27 following council intervention.

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