TRAVELLERS SET UP HOME IN A FIELD IN RYDE

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A group of travellers have set up camp in a field in Ryde.

The incursion happened at the tail end of last week on land off Smallbrook Lane, which is owned by the Isle of Wight Council.

4 caravans and associated vehicles can be seen at the unofficial site.

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The Isle of Wight Council has been informed and investigations are underway.

A statement has been requested from the council but at the time of publishing it had not been received

UPDATE Island Echo understands that the caravans belong to one Island-based family, who had been located on Tesco’s land at Westridge.

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in them having to leave campsites and find other locations to reside.

UPDATE – An Isle of Wight Council spokesperson confirmed:

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“A number of caravans on land in the authority’s ownership were reported to the Council at the end of last week.

“The Isle of Wight council is investigating, which will include a visit to the site by a liaison officer.

“Once the current situation is fully understood, the council will be in a position to consider what action to take.”

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