Update: Travellers leave Wanstead rugby club after five-day stay

Wanstead 1st XV won against Upminister on Sunday despite the off field distraction of the travellers

Wanstead 1st XV won against Upminister on Sunday despite the off field distraction of the travellers. Photo credit: Wanstead RFC - Credit: Archant

The remaining travellers have been evicted from the pitches of a rugby club after a five-day stay.

As many as nine caravans were said to have broken into the grounds of Wanstead Rugby Club, in Roding Lane North, Woodford Green, last Thursday.

Redbridge Council issued an enforcement order demanding the travellers leave by 2pm on Sunday.

The travellers failed to leave and were warned they would be forced to move on, if they did not vacate the premisies.

A group left on Sunday night, with the remaining travellers moving on at around 11.30am on Monday morning.


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Redbridge Council announced via its website it has suspended vehicle access to all the borough’s parks in light of the incident.

The statement read: “This is a short-term measure to reduce the chance of illegal camps being set up in our parks.”

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