A TRAVELLERS camp has been established in Farnworth.

A total of seven caravans pitched up at land in Highfield Road overnight on Thursday.

The camp, on green land in Highfield Road, between Meads Grove and Buttermere Road, is the first of its kind that is known to have been set up at the site, sparking concern among residents.

Residents living in the area began knocking on the door of the head of the Residents Association, Kelly Ashworth, who lives on Buttermere Road, from the early hours, to express their concerns.

Among the issues raised were fear that more travellers will arrive, there is no anti-drive at the land to prevent this.

Residents also reported seeing dogs and small horses running free, with some saying that this could potentially lead to a crash on the busy Highfield Road.

Cllr Sue Haworth, who represents Harper Green ward on Bolton Council, said: "This sounds like an illegal traveller encampment so I want this dealt with as swiftly as possible by the authorities.

"Residents are distressed.

"The encampment is right at the back of some Meads Grove homes affecting their daily living already.

"Residents in Highfield are feeling invaded and worried about the days ahead."

It is not yet known whether the camp is the same as another which was established in Salford Road.

On Thursday night, police on patrol in Bolton South moved a camp that had been set up on a car park at the country park off the A6.

Bolton Council and Greater Manchester Police have been approached for a comment.