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Travellers set up camp moments after being evicted from park

The travellers set up camp on a grass verge off a main road Credit: ITV News Central

A number of travellers have set up camp near a city allotments site, moments after they were evicted from a Birmingham park, just two miles away.

The traveller camp was set up in Ley Hill Park, Bartley Green on Wednesday.

Council officials launched an eviction process the next day and the group left the site early on Sunday afternoon.

But they didn’t go far – just a ten-minute drive to Tennal Lane Allotments in Quinton.

Bartley Green Councillor Des Flood said Birmingham city council is not doing enough.

In March, council bosses and police from across the West Midlands held a summit to co-ordinate action and share intelligence on traveller camps - in part to end the problem of camps moving from park to park when they are evicted.

Birmingham City Council said it is 'committed' to protecting its land Credit: ITV News Central

Commenting on the first traveller camp council, Birmingham City Council’s head of environmental health, Mark Croxford, said:

The council is committed to actively protecting its land and will take steps to recover this land where illegal encampments encroach upon it.

– Birmingham City Council, Mark Croxford