Travellers move on from stay at County Hall

County Hall land at Morpeth after travellers' visit.
County Hall land at Morpeth after travellers' visit.

Travellers have moved on from County Hall after being served with notices to leave.

As reported by the Herald last week, three caravans turned up at the Northumberland County Council headquarters in Loansdean, Morpeth, last Wednesday and set up camp.

Police and council officials were assessing the situation, while NHS teams were called in to look to the travellers’ welfare needs.

Enforcement notices were served on the group to leave the site by early this week and on Monday the travellers moved off.

However, there was some anger at the mess left behind, with evidence of a campfire, and the rubbish filling several sacks.

Morpeth town councillor David Clark said: “The place was a mess, they don’t do themselves any favours.”

Town and county member for Kirkhill Andrew Tebbutt said: “I don’t know what the travellers wanted, we are still not sure what their game was. They told some people they were protesting and others that they weren’t. It really was quite bizarre. We had to get the necessary court orders to evict them, but once they got the orders they went.

“There was a lot of rubbish around, but most of it was superficial and it was cleared up first thing on Tuesday.”