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Travellers moved on after complaints

A group of travellers who set up an illegal encampment in Allerton Bywater near Castledford has been forced to move following joint action by the police and council.

Ten families in caravans set up camp on private land off Barnsdale Road on April 30, leading to a number of complaints to the council and police about noise and anti-social behaviour.

Inspector Stuart Mason, of the Leeds District Outer East team, said the travellers had left without incident.

The use of these powers is generally a last resort when all other attempts to address an illegal encampment have been exhausted. The serious issues arising from this illegal encampment and the number of complaints we received created exceptional circumstances.

– Inspector Stuart Mason, West Yorkshire Police