UPDATE: Thorpe Green travellers served with court order to leave

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The illegally camped caravans parked on Thorpe Green have been issued with court orders giving them 24 hours to vacate the site.

Officers from Runnymede Borough Council successfully applied to Staines Magistrates' Court to have the group of six caravans removed on Wednesday, 11, July - issuing the order to the occupants at 12.30pm.

This gives the group until 12.30pm on Thursday, 12 July, to move along.

Should the Order not be complied with the council can enter the land and remove vehicles.

Early indications suggest the caravans will be gone before the deadline and two have already left.

The group arrived on Sunday, 8 July,  having  previously been in Abbeyfields, Chertsey.

Officers from Runnymede Borough Council and Surrey Police visited Thorpe Green on Monday morning, 9 July, issuing the travellers with the order to move off the site by 6pm. When the group failed to leave the court order was obtained.

Officers from Surrey Police and Runnymede Borough Council will check the site on the morning of 12 July and if and caravans are still present will engage the services of bailiffs to assist in a removal.

The Streetcare team carried out a further refuse collection and the site is being kept neat and tidy with occupants bagging  waste as requested.

No flytipping has been observed.

Plans to improve measures that would prevent further vehicle intrusions onto Thorpe Green are progressing well.

We hope to be able to put the proposals out for public consultation shortly.

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