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Police evicting travellers from St James’ business park in Knaresborough received political support from Nigel Adams.
The eviction was carried out with assistance from the High Court Enforcement Officers, along with Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire Police. An eviction notice was served to the travellers, who went voluntarily although tow trucks were on hand if required.
The travellers had parked around 7 caravans and camper vans in front of the business, often directly in front of the main entrances to the offices.
After leaving the St James Business park site at midday, the travellers then attempted to gain access to a car park within 100 metres, although the owner had locked the gate. A heated debate then took place between the owner and a traveller, in which the traveller told the owner that he would be back with 15 caravans and would cut the lock. The travellers then parked in the Matalan carpark but were moved on again.
Chris Newton, from Newton Solicitors, also added ‘We are obviously very relieved that they have now moved on. This has been a very tense and stressful weekend but I’ve received fantastic support from the local businesses who have all pulled together and offered everything from moral, practical and financial support. I would also like to thank the much needed support that I received from Gaunts, Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire Police. Finally, I would also like to thank the support that I received from Selby and Ainsty MP Nigel Adams, who stressed to the police that they would receive total political support dealing with this common problem’.