Travellers move on from stay in leisure centre grounds

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Travellers have moved on from Ponteland after being served with a notice to leave.

A group set up camp in the grounds of the leisure centre – Northumberland County Council land – earlier this week.

Police and a specialist officer from the authority spoke with them yesterday.

A county council spokesman said: “Our Gypsy Roma traveller liaison officer attended the site at Ponteland Leisure Centre alongside officers from Northumbria Police on Thursday and served a notice to leave.

“The group complied with the notice and departed shortly afterwards.”