Travellers move to Homebase car park in Manchester Road

The Bolton News: The caravans on the car park of the former Homebase store The caravans on the car park of the former Homebase store

TRAVELLERS who were threatened with arrest after setting up camp in Moss Bank Park have moved to a site nearer to Bolton Town Centre.

A group of caravans and other vehicles arrived at the beauty spot near Smithills on Tuesday and were served with a 24-hour notice to leave by Bolton Council.

Having failed to move the group were handed a second 24-hour notice by police who threatened them with arrest if they failed to leave the site by 11am today.

It now appears that the travellers have left the park and moved to a new location in Bolton, in the car park of the former Homebase store on Manchester Road.

The same number of caravans and vehicles matching the description of those seen in the park are now parked up on the site opposite the Burnden Asda store — which Bolton Council confirmed is private land.

A spokesman for Bolton Council said: “Someone from the council will be going to investigate the situation and have a look around.

“We are aware that the land in question is private and will be liaising with the landowner.”

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3:40pm Fri 23 May 14

itsnotthatbad says...

They only went there as heard they were some cheap slimming pills knocking about.....tbh tho scholey st stations only over the road
They only went there as heard they were some cheap slimming pills knocking about.....tbh tho scholey st stations only over the road itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 9

3:49pm Fri 23 May 14

Cakelly says...

Maybe they are just like the rest of us after all, & are planning to do a bit of DIY for the Bank holiday weekend!
Maybe they are just like the rest of us after all, & are planning to do a bit of DIY for the Bank holiday weekend! Cakelly
  • Score: 9

3:51pm Fri 23 May 14

Jim271 says...

Its blackmail, they will claim squatter rights but will move if Homebase pay them £5000.

Police should arrest them NOW!!!!!!!
Its blackmail, they will claim squatter rights but will move if Homebase pay them £5000. Police should arrest them NOW!!!!!!! Jim271
  • Score: 26

4:35pm Fri 23 May 14

SleepingThunder says...

Police had India 99 up over there last night.Thought they where being invaded lol.
Police had India 99 up over there last night.Thought they where being invaded lol. SleepingThunder
  • Score: 7

6:26pm Fri 23 May 14

TheBoltonByrd says...

That first site. although picturesque. was too far from the shops.
That first site. although picturesque. was too far from the shops. TheBoltonByrd
  • Score: 7

6:03am Sun 25 May 14

hanbwfc22 says...

If there were more legal sites around the country maybe they wouldn't need to stop illegally there is no need to,slag them off they are still human beings andhave feelings at least they are willing to work for the money they earn unlike some people in this country!
If there were more legal sites around the country maybe they wouldn't need to stop illegally there is no need to,slag them off they are still human beings andhave feelings at least they are willing to work for the money they earn unlike some people in this country! hanbwfc22
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