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Travellers set up camp on Blackburn car park
IRISH travellers have moved their caravans on to a car park in Blackburn town centre.
A group of four caravans set up on the small private car park in Cicely Lane, next to Soho Foundry, along with several transit vans.
One of the group told the Lancashire Telegraph yesterday afternoon: “We are leaving this evening.
“I don’t know where we’ll go but we won’t stay in Blackburn.”
Blackburn with Darwen Council, which has had to deal with travellers in Ewood and Witton Park in recent weeks, said it would not take any action, as the car park is private.
Alan Saiet, who works at Greens Fabrics on Cicely Lane, said he thought the land was part of the Soho Foundry property.
He added: “I don’t know who owns it. I’ve tried to contact them before to see if we can park there.
“It’s the first time I’ve known any travellers to be on there.”
In early July, travellers set up camp in the car park of the Aqueduct Inn in the Ewood area of the town, but moved on to land owned by Blackburn with Darwen Council when they were asked to leave. A week later Irish and French travellers caused outrage by pitching up at Witton Park.
Police said the Irish group, who were sited between the Pavilion cafe and a play area, belonged to the same group which was forced to leave Hoghton cricket club after a stand-off with club officials and supporters the day before.
The French group later moved to Pendle Leisure Trust car park and said they were on holiday in the UK.
A spokesman for Blackburn with Darwen Council said: “The travellers on Cicely Lane are on private land which has no links to the council.”
He said it would be down to the car park owners to take any necessary action.