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Illegal traveller encampment appears in residential area in Sudbury

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An illegal traveller camp has suddenly appeared in a residential area in Sudbury, just two months after the last encampment left the town.

Two caravans unexpectedly arrived on land near to homes in Clermont Avenue yesterday evening, at approximately 6pm.

Sudbury Town Council's community wardens visited the site this morning, and confirmed they will now work with local authorities to try and find a resolution, under the Suffolk County Council protocols around unauthorised and unlawful encampments.

Community warden Bradley Smith told the Free Press the camp's occupants claimed they planned to stay until Saturday.

"As a town council, we are working the the local traveller liaison department to follow the Suffolk-wide protocol, which will result in a welfare visit and a case conference," he said.

"From that, a decision will be made as to whether an eviction order will be made. Our intention is to regain the land for public use.

"Regular site visits are being made and waste arrangements have been made. All members of the site have been very accommodating and have followed all of our instructions."

This is the second time this year that an illegal camp has emerged in Sudbury, after a large travelling group set up caravans in the car park of the Kingfisher Leisure Centre back in March, and remained there for four days.

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