Common assault

on 05 August 2015.

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Motorists driving through Hungerford at lunchtime on Wednesday were surprised to see a convoy of travellers take up residence on the Common. So far about 17 caravans have parked on the East side but it is not thought that more are due to arrive. Police have been called to the site and are managing the situation but as the Common is in private ownership, the travellers' arrival is a civil and not a criminal matter.

Sgt. Paul Morgan of Thames Valley Police confirmed that the travellers have been served with a Code of Conduct Notice which requires them to keep the site tidy, obey by-laws and not set fires. He also confirmed that members of

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travellers hungerford common 03the current community are in employment, keep their settlements clean and are not thought to represent a threat to locals.

The Common is owned by the Town and Manor of Hungerford who are fully appraised of the latest developments. A spokesman described the travellers' arrival as 'a big headache', but historically the Constable and Trustees of the Town and Manor have successfully evicted travellers from the site. The legal process of removing the travellers has begun but Sgt Morgan suggests that there is every possibility the travellers will move on of their own accord before that process is complete.

Townsite will keep the latest news about the situation posted as it comes in.

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