Police are speaking to caravan owners from Hove Lawn

DOZENS of police officers visited an “unauthorized camp” of caravans on Hove Lawns this afternoon.

It comes after members of the public reported a small group of caravans on the lawns this morning.

The number of vehicles was at least 15 as of this afternoon when police were at the scene.

The Argus saw around 20 police officers talking to a group of people.

The Argus: Photo: Eddie MitchellPhoto: Eddie Mitchell

A member of the public said the situation was “a big deal now”.

Another said: “If I parked there I would have a ticket. Why aren’t they getting any?”

After the police visit, a caravan drove away from the crime scene.

However, many people remained seated in camp chairs until the police left.

The Argus: Photo: Eddie MitchellPhoto: Eddie Mitchell

This morning a spokesman for Sussex Police said the situation was being “monitored”.

“We acknowledge the concerns expressed by the public and neighborhood police officers continue to monitor the situation and have a visible presence in the area,” he said.

The Hove Lawns area by the Peace Statue is often used by caravan owners.

The Argus: Photo: Eddie MitchellPhoto: Eddie Mitchell

On August 11, four mobile homes were seen on the lawns with a tent and a deck chair nearby.

One person at the time said they were “disgusted” that nothing more could be done to prevent the situation.

“I despair both of our national laws to deal effectively with things like this and of our council doing what is necessary,” he said.

The Argus: Photo: Eddie MitchellPhoto: Eddie Mitchell

Conservative councilwoman Dawn Barnett has previously criticized Brighton and Hove City Council for its “soft approach” to unauthorized parking in public spaces.

Cllr Barnett said: “They are their own worst enemy – if they behaved, kept areas clean and tidy, got off their quads, people would accept them if they stayed a day or two.

The Argus: Photo: Eddie MitchellPhoto: Eddie Mitchell

“The Council has a gentle touch. They say Brighton and Hove is a city of refuge – but for whom? Certainly not the residents.”

Brighton and Hove City Council has been contacted for an update.

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