TRAVELLERS have reportedly set up camp on playing fields at Withymoor again.

Residents reported seeing up to 30 caravans moving onto fields near Sainsbury’s supermarket on Wednesday evening.

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Police said the caravans turned up at around 7.45pm and PCSO Neal Hunt told residents on a neighbourhood alert: “The council have been made aware of the encampment and will be attending the location to start legal proceedings against the travellers.”

Just days ago Dudley Council leader Councillor Patrick Harley vowed to get tough on illegal encampments - saying when the borough’s dedicated site for travellers is up and running those setting up unauthorised camps will be given just two hours to move on.

But the bid to build the transit site in Coseley awaits the green light from a government minister.

Ward councillor Paul Bradley said: “Residents are absolutely exhausted with travellers trespassing our local community.

“Memories are all too clear about the disruption caused in the last few years.

“Court proceedings simply take too long to conclude and are increasingly deemed an unacceptable route to tackle the problem.

“I think the whole of Withymoor will give a great sigh of relief if the Government agree to the transit site.”

One concerned resident, who did not wish to be named, told the News: "Why don’t the council put up substantial concrete barricades or huge boulders to stop them coming back? 

"I feel sad that the council and police force allow this to happen, and worry for the safety of my family and children."

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