Burnham-On-Sea MP James Heappey

Burnham-On-Sea’s MP James Heappey has called on Avon and Somerset Police to provide a “robust response” to a group of travellers pitched up at the town’s BASC Ground.

The group of travellers arrived in Stoddens Road on Friday and Police were called to the ground just after 4pm – and they left at around 5pm on Sunday.

Mr Heappey shared his frustration on Twitter, saying: “The arrival of a large group of travellers in Burnham-On-Sea needs a very robust response from Avon and Somerset Police.”

“On a bank holiday weekend when our holiday parks are shut and tourism businesses are missing out on huge £s, nobody gets to turn up with a caravan, whoever they are.”

He added: “This encampment shouldn’t be tolerated… it breaks lockdown rules and it’s grotesquely unfair given holiday parks would lose their license if they did likewise.”

Meanwhile, Debbie Hancock at the Oaktree, added that the travellers arrived there before heading into Burnham.

She said: “They were here at The Oaktree Arena before moving to the BASC ground. If it hadn’t been for my dad and the people here at the Oaktree with tractors and diggers blocking the entrance after the first one got in, God knows what would of happened.”

 

 
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