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Travellers leave Bishop's Stortford long-stay car park after five days

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Police have helped East Herts Council to evict a group of travellers who had set up an unauthorised camp on a Bishop's Stortford town centre car park.

The travellers were originally asked to leave the council-owned Link Road car park on Saturday (Oct 26) but continued to occupy the mixed long- and short-stay facility until Thursday morning (Oct 31).

As a result, a Section 61 notice – which gives police the power to remove trespassers from land under the 1994 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act – was issued to the unauthorised encampment at 11.30am.

The car park was closed to the public as police ushered the travellers out of the site.

Shortly before 2pm, a police spokesman reported: "We have just waved the last vehicle off. East Herts [Council] are cleaning up and [the car park] should be open in a bit."

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