Travellers begin to leave park near Windsor Racecourse
And they’re orf! (again) Group of travellers who temporarily invaded the Queen’s back garden are being moved on from their latest encampment near Windsor Racecourse
- The group of travellers yesterday broke into Seymour Park in Windsor by smashing open a padlocked gate
- It came after they were removed from the Long Walk at Windsor Castle – the Queen’s favourite royal residence
- Officers said the damage caused by the break in at the popular park amounted to ‘only a few padlocks broken’
- Several caravans had departed from Dedworth Manor today before a council official served an eviction notice
Travellers who broke into a park less than a mile from Windsor racecourse have been moved on just 24 hours after being ordered to relocate their 30 caravans from the ‘Queen’s front garden’ in Windsor.
The group yesterday broke into Seymour Park in Windsor by smashing open a padlocked gate – just hours after they were removed from the Long Walk at Windsor Castle – the Queen’s favourite royal residence – on Tuesday.
Officers said the damage caused by the break in amounted to ‘only a few padlocks broken’ – with police handing the group Covid tests and ‘welfare checks’ without trying to move them.
Several caravans had departed from Dedworth Manor near Windsor Racecourse this afternoon before a council official served an official eviction notice.
The ten remaining caravans are expected to leave later today – with their new destination unknown.
A warden from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead visiting the traveller site told MailOnline: ‘They will all be on their way soon. The council will be taking repossession of the recreation area.’
Council officials had informed the travellers they would be seeking an Order of Possession for the Dedworth Manor recreation park.
Travellers who broke into a park less than a mile from Windsor racecourse have been moved on just 24 hours after being ordered to relocate their 30 caravans from the ‘Queen’s front garden’ in Windsor
Police were at the scene of the latest traveller site in Dedworth earlier today, before the group were moved on
A worker picks up litter this afternoon after the group of travellers were finally moved on from the Berkshire park
A team of police officers and council workers were at the park earlier today to try and deal with the disruption caused
Council workers attend the site to pick up bags of litter and rubbish dumped by the group during their stay at the park
The travellers used their cars to set up a washing line and dry clothes and bedsheets in the sun at the Berkshire park
The travellers took over the park in a range of vehicles, bringing a host of different equipment with them for their stay
A council worker attends the site in Berkshire this afternoon to pick up bags of litter and rubbish dumped by the group
A number of caravans as well as smaller cars were parked on the grass at the travellers’ chosen destination of Dedworth
The group yesterday broke into Seymour Park in Windsor by smashing open a padlocked gate yesterday – just hours after they they were removed from the Long Walk at Windsor Castle – the Queen’s favourite royal residence – on Tuesday
Officers said the damage caused by the break in amounted to ‘only a few padlocks broken’ – with police handing the group Covid tests and ‘welfare checks’ without trying to move them
Several caravans had departed from Dedworth Manor near Windsor Racecourse this afternoon before a council official served an official eviction notice
The ten remaining caravans are expected to leave later today – with their new destination unknown
A warden from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead visiting the traveller site told MailOnline: ‘They will all be on their way soon. The council will be taking repossession of the recreation area’
Caravans were set up across the park, much to the annoyance of many neighbours, before finally being moved on
The travellers had previously been moved on from setting up a temporary camp on The Long Walk outside the gates of Windsor Castle.
The group had ignored warning signs that vehicles were prohibited from the stretch of road to park their caravans in full view of the Castle.
Police and park rangers dispersed the group within a couple of hours but not before Prince Andrew drove his Range Rover through the assorted caravans and work vehicles.
The travellers headed two miles away to a large recreation area surrounded by flats and a pre- school.
As they departed yesterday rubbish could be strewn on the grass where they had parked.
Children in one large caravan tossed out a paper bag as it departed. Other bits of rubbish could be seen blowing across the grass.
Their departure after less than 48 hours came as a relief to local residents.
Sam Cutcliffe, who lives in a high rise block overlooking the recreation area said:’ They have not been noisy or caused too much disruption, but all the same I am glad they’ve gone.
‘You never know what type of travellers they would be. I’ve seen horror stories of the mess they leave behind.’
A spokesman for Windsor and Maidenhead Council was unavailable for comment.
Officials are seen talking to travellers in a caravan in Dedworth yesterday. The group moved over there after being removed from the Long Walk at Windsor
Hardly anyone could be seen at the Long Walk yesterday. Locals stepped out in the warm weather for a stroll
A row of caravans are seen stretched out along the grass in Dedworth yesterday. Officials were seen talking to travellers there
Caravans are set up in Dedworth. The scene in the field yesterday looks significantly less crowded than the day before
Officials with clipboards are seen walking along a path in Dedworth yesterday, where a group of travellers moved to after relocating out of Windsor’s Long Walk
The grounds are empty of the Queen’s uninvited neighbours yesterday. Pictured: The Long Walk is nearly deserted
Two cars were seen parked at the entrance to the grounds yesterday, with one marked as a ‘warden’ (pictured)
Officials were seen on the newly-deserted Long Walk yesterday, after the traveller camp moved out the previous night
Two officials with walkie talkies are seen standing at the Long Walk in Windsor yesterday. It comes after travellers moved into the area the day before but swiftly cleared off
The group parked vehicles and up to 30 caravans and motorhomes outside famous Windsor Castle on Tuesday (pictured) – widely regarded as the Queen’s favourite royal residence and the one in which she is currently staying
On Tuesday night, officials launched an attempt to move the travellers on, with pictures showing police, council officials and Windsor Park wardens (pictured) all in discussions with the group
Officials and park wardens earlier turned up at the site to try and move the travellers on after they arrived there on Tuesday
The group parked their vehicles near signs which show the area in which vehicles are ‘prohibited’. Pictures showed the group were blocking the Long Walk – a famous tourist attraction
The 2.6mile track connects Windsor Castle with Snow Hill in Windsor Great Park and is still used by the royal carriages every year as part of the route from Windsor Castle to the Ascot Races
The group was made up of up to 30 caravans and motorhomes according to those at Windsor Great Park on Tuesday
Police earlier arrived at the Long Walk to talk to the travellers who arrived at the famous site at Windsor Great Park
‘Code of conduct’ notices issued to travellers by police
Unauthorised Encampments Code of Conduct
To ensure members of the settled and travelling communities or others who may live a nomadic lifestyle can live together in a peaceful and unprejudiced way, we expect you to comply with this Code of Conduct. We expect you to treat the land you have occupied with respect and that you respect the rights and freedoms of other people who also wish to use the area. Behaviour that may result in your eviction from this site includes the following:
- Camping upon any land designated as a public amenity, such as parks, recreation areas, school fields and similar locations. (Note this is not an exhaustive list)
- Interfering with the rights and freedoms of other members of the public, including interrupting the operation of legitimate businesses.
- Forcing entry to land, by causing damage to any fixtures, fitting or landscaping, including planted areas. This includes digging away of earthwork defences, which have been placed at landowner’s expense, to prevent trespass.
- Causing any other damage to the land itself, or property on it. Particular care should be taken not to cause damage to those features provided as public amenities.
- Driving vehicles along any footpath, or highway not specifically designed for road vehicles. This practice is not only unlawful but is highly dangerous.
- Parking vehicles or caravans on any road, footpath or other highway that causes an obstruction to other people wanting to pass by. This includes parking immediately next to footpaths.
- Dumping or tipping rubbish, waste materials or trade waste such as tree cuttings rubble, etc. It is your responsibility to keep the site clean and tidy.
- Use of the area as a toilet. You must not deposit or leave human waste openly in public areas.
- Abuse, intimidation or harassment of any person who is lawfully using the area. Excessive noise or other forms of anti-social behaviour.
- Animals that are not kept under control or that attack persons lawfully on the land, or nearby.
- Interference with electrical, water or gas supplies. Any person/s found abstracting electricity, or wasting quantities of water may be subject of criminal proceedings.
These codes are the same standards of behaviour that are expected of the settled community. Thames Valley Police are committed to ensuring that all policing issues that affect you, are balanced; however behaviour that is deemed unacceptable within society will not be tolerated.
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