Travelers at Preston Park in Brighton have been pulled on by police

TRAVELERS who had set up camp in one of the city’s largest parks were evicted by police

A police spokesman said: “A Section 61 notice of eviction was served to a group of travelers who arrived at Preston Park on Friday 15 July before noon on Sunday 17 July without incident. The area is now clear.”

A Section 61 notice gives police the power to order a group to leave once a landowner has taken reasonable steps to remove them.

The weekly park run at Preston Park was canceled on Saturday after organizers raised safety concerns about travelers.

The organizers said: “They are not on the track, but there are so many vehicles and quads driving dangerously that we do not dare to continue.”

Brighton and Hove Councilor Dawn Barnett called on the council to do more to tackle unauthorized traveler camps in public parks and said such groups should be directed to the Travelers’ site in Patcham.

She said: “They shouldn’t be allowed to enter a public park – it’s a park for city residents who pay council tax.

“The residents shouldn’t put up with it. They don’t want to be fooled by travelers.

“If they behaved, kept areas clean and tidy, got off their quads, people would accept them if they stayed a day or two.

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

Cllr Barnett said travelers parking in unauthorized areas should be directed to the official location in Patcham or relocated out of town.

She said: “We put a lot of effort into setting up the site and the agreement was that travelers would go to that site if there was space, and if it was full they would leave town.”

It comes just a few months after another group of trailers parked at the park for a week before moving on Travelers at Preston Park in Brighton have been pulled on by police

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