Circus cancels shows after travellers invade

Worcester News: SHOWSTOPPERS: Travellers have set up camp on land off Ombersley Way, Droitwich, forcing the circus to cancel shows. Picture by John Anyon. 38132903 Buy this photo » SHOWSTOPPERS: Travellers have set up camp on land off Ombersley Way, Droitwich, forcing the circus to cancel shows. Picture by John Anyon. 38132903

A TRAVELLER invasion has forced a group of circus performers to cancel shows in Droitwich, costing them three days’ trading.

The ‘large group’ of travellers set up camp off Ombersley Way, forcing Pinders Circus to cancel shows on Monday, yesterday and today.

Wychavon District Council served the travellers with a notice to move last Wednesday but so far they have ignored the warning and a council spokesman confirmed more travellers had since moved onto the site.

Circus director Mike Lea said he first became aware of the travellers when people phoned him asking for tickets and for directions to the venue. Mr Lea was then told by locals there were travellers on that site so he drove to Droitwich from Ludlow to check and discovered about 50 caravans.

He said: “We quickly had to put an emergency plan into operation and the council allowed us to come to Evesham (the next destination for the circus) early but we have lost three days’ business and there are a lot of disappointed people. We couldn’t find another venue in Droitwich in 24 hours.”

Mr Lea said the circus lost a “considerable” amount. He believes it is the first time a show has been cancelled because of travellers and the first time this year Pinders had lost a venue.

He thanked the district council for allowing the performers to set up in Evesham early.

He said: “We have to follow a plan and would have had nowhere to go. If we hadn’t gone to Evesham we would have had to park in a layby.

“I haven’t got anything against travellers – it’s a way of life – but because they’re there, we’re not.”

One of the travellers, who did not want to be named, said they were unaware of the circus and expected the group to have moved on within the next few days.

A member of the council’s legal team appeared at Worcester County Court last Friday seeking a notice to move them on and the travellers have subsequently been asked to appear in court today.

A spokesman added: “We are in constant communication with the police, who are conducting regular drive-by patrols to monitor the travellers’ actions, but we have to follow a set process in order to evict them from the land and this takes time.”

The next show by Pinders Circus is at Corporation Meadow, Evesham, at 6pm on Friday and discount vouchers for the cancelled show at Droitwich can be used there.

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7:41pm Wed 19 Sep 12

skychip says...

Such a shame these travellers get away with spoiling other people's enjoyment. Suppose they will move on and do the same again.
Such a shame these travellers get away with spoiling other people's enjoyment. Suppose they will move on and do the same again. skychip

8:33pm Wed 19 Sep 12

wooshman says...

It's no surprise but every year there have been travellers turn up on this field isn't it about time Wychavon protected the site from this type of invasion so that it doesn't happen year on year
It's no surprise but every year there have been travellers turn up on this field isn't it about time Wychavon protected the site from this type of invasion so that it doesn't happen year on year wooshman

9:32pm Wed 19 Sep 12

spider666 says...

The majority of them are Southern Irish caravaners,why can they claim British taxpayers money---just give them their ferry fare home and let the Irish pay them their beer and ciggie money.They contribute nothing to the U.K. except an increase in the sale of policemans notebooks (which the british taxpayer foots the bill for )
The majority of them are Southern Irish caravaners,why can they claim British taxpayers money---just give them their ferry fare home and let the Irish pay them their beer and ciggie money.They contribute nothing to the U.K. except an increase in the sale of policemans notebooks (which the british taxpayer foots the bill for ) spider666

12:33am Thu 20 Sep 12

Brer fox says...

spider666 wrote:
The majority of them are Southern Irish caravaners,why can they claim British taxpayers money---just give them their ferry fare home and let the Irish pay them their beer and ciggie money.They contribute nothing to the U.K. except an increase in the sale of policemans notebooks (which the british taxpayer foots the bill for )
The Irish government has this law.We don't sadly.

The Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act made it an offence to enter and occupy land, or bring on to it any object that is likely to have one of five specified detrimental effects on the land or amenity. It provides no defence to this offence and gardaí can force Travellers to move on, even those awaiting accommodation within local authority areas.
[quote][p][bold]spider666[/bold] wrote: The majority of them are Southern Irish caravaners,why can they claim British taxpayers money---just give them their ferry fare home and let the Irish pay them their beer and ciggie money.They contribute nothing to the U.K. except an increase in the sale of policemans notebooks (which the british taxpayer foots the bill for )[/p][/quote]The Irish government has this law.We don't sadly. The Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act made it an offence to enter and occupy land, or bring on to it any object that is likely to have one of five specified detrimental effects on the land or amenity. It provides no defence to this offence and gardaí can force Travellers to move on, even those awaiting accommodation within local authority areas. Brer fox

1:12am Thu 20 Sep 12

The Moan says...

spider666 wrote:
The majority of them are Southern Irish caravaners,why can they claim British taxpayers money---just give them their ferry fare home and let the Irish pay them their beer and ciggie money.They contribute nothing to the U.K. except an increase in the sale of policemans notebooks (which the british taxpayer foots the bill for )
They're Irish Travellers not Irish nationals having a holiday, big difference. Who said any of them were claiming tax payers money.
[quote][p][bold]spider666[/bold] wrote: The majority of them are Southern Irish caravaners,why can they claim British taxpayers money---just give them their ferry fare home and let the Irish pay them their beer and ciggie money.They contribute nothing to the U.K. except an increase in the sale of policemans notebooks (which the british taxpayer foots the bill for )[/p][/quote]They're Irish Travellers not Irish nationals having a holiday, big difference. Who said any of them were claiming tax payers money. The Moan

8:45am Thu 20 Sep 12

mayall8808 says...

A member of the council’s legal team appeared at Worcester County Court last Friday seeking a notice to move them on and the travellers have subsequently been asked to appear in court today.
What another waste of taxpayers money having to do this everytime these parasites turn up,
They do what they want when they want and leave a disgusting mess for us to pay for to clear it up, the law should be as the Irish as quoted above and no exceptions.
i had some on some land i owned once and they were gone same day, i gave them a choice and they saw sense.
A member of the council’s legal team appeared at Worcester County Court last Friday seeking a notice to move them on and the travellers have subsequently been asked to appear in court today. What another waste of taxpayers money having to do this everytime these parasites turn up, They do what they want when they want and leave a disgusting mess for us to pay for to clear it up, the law should be as the Irish as quoted above and no exceptions. i had some on some land i owned once and they were gone same day, i gave them a choice and they saw sense. mayall8808

9:07am Thu 20 Sep 12

one94 says...

Travellers in luxury caravns and 4x4s I could only dream of owning. Makes me sick.
Travellers in luxury caravns and 4x4s I could only dream of owning. Makes me sick. one94

9:33am Thu 20 Sep 12

dulon says...

I wonder if the DVLA could check that these are legitimate vehicles ? And fully insured etc with corresponding certification. My experience has shown the duplication of vehicles Is an issue with the travellers . When the authorities turn up at the registered address the owner is 'surprised' by any allegation .
I wonder if the DVLA could check that these are legitimate vehicles ? And fully insured etc with corresponding certification. My experience has shown the duplication of vehicles [two vehicles or more running the same plates insurance etc] Is an issue with the travellers . When the authorities turn up at the registered address the owner is 'surprised' by any allegation . dulon

10:25am Thu 20 Sep 12

Whhaasaap says...

Quick everyone take all your rubbish down the traveller’s field and dump it there, get it taken away for FREE!
Well they don’t get done for fly tipping so why the hell should we……
Here we go again **** arse government to scared to impose laws to keep the scum in check again, the Irish and French get it, well pass these laws so them sucker Brits can pay for them, god we are the biggest mugs on the planet.
Why can’t the council be given the right to take the number plates of all the vehicles and send them the bill for the clean-up simples!
I love the way the Irish travellers hide behind that religious 5ft statue stood in front of one of the plush expensive looking caravans….what a load of balderdash!
Real Religious people don’t dump their rubbish, defecate and steal everything in sight!
Is it too much to ask for a real government to do rather than just hyped up talk and do nothing……yep!
Oh yes and do you know every time they move about and their kids {if you call them that} go to a different school, they get free vouchers for school uniform worth hundreds of pounds for each family…..Yes I do know, a friend works in a school uniform shop and has to deal with them….Priceless!
Quick everyone take all your rubbish down the traveller’s field and dump it there, get it taken away for FREE! Well they don’t get done for fly tipping so why the hell should we…… Here we go again **** arse government to scared to impose laws to keep the scum in check again, the Irish and French get it, well pass these laws so them sucker Brits can pay for them, god we are the biggest mugs on the planet. Why can’t the council be given the right to take the number plates of all the vehicles and send them the bill for the clean-up simples! I love the way the Irish travellers hide behind that religious 5ft statue stood in front of one of the plush expensive looking caravans….what a load of balderdash! Real Religious people don’t dump their rubbish, defecate and steal everything in sight! Is it too much to ask for a real government to do rather than just hyped up talk and do nothing……yep! Oh yes and do you know every time they move about and their kids {if you call them that} go to a different school, they get free vouchers for school uniform worth hundreds of pounds for each family…..Yes I do know, a friend works in a school uniform shop and has to deal with them….Priceless! Whhaasaap

11:21am Thu 20 Sep 12

spider666 says...

The Moan wrote:
spider666 wrote:
The majority of them are Southern Irish caravaners,why can they claim British taxpayers money---just give them their ferry fare home and let the Irish pay them their beer and ciggie money.They contribute nothing to the U.K. except an increase in the sale of policemans notebooks (which the british taxpayer foots the bill for )
They're Irish Travellers not Irish nationals having a holiday, big difference. Who said any of them were claiming tax payers money.
They move from place to place travelling many miles so therefore in my opinion they cannot have jobs.If they are not claiming money from this near bankrupt country then please enlighten me as to how they can afford to run their vehicles and caravans.
[quote][p][bold]The Moan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spider666[/bold] wrote: The majority of them are Southern Irish caravaners,why can they claim British taxpayers money---just give them their ferry fare home and let the Irish pay them their beer and ciggie money.They contribute nothing to the U.K. except an increase in the sale of policemans notebooks (which the british taxpayer foots the bill for )[/p][/quote]They're Irish Travellers not Irish nationals having a holiday, big difference. Who said any of them were claiming tax payers money.[/p][/quote]They move from place to place travelling many miles so therefore in my opinion they cannot have jobs.If they are not claiming money from this near bankrupt country then please enlighten me as to how they can afford to run their vehicles and caravans. spider666

11:24am Thu 20 Sep 12

spider666 says...

Brer fox wrote:
spider666 wrote:
The majority of them are Southern Irish caravaners,why can they claim British taxpayers money---just give them their ferry fare home and let the Irish pay them their beer and ciggie money.They contribute nothing to the U.K. except an increase in the sale of policemans notebooks (which the british taxpayer foots the bill for )
The Irish government has this law.We don't sadly.

The Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act made it an offence to enter and occupy land, or bring on to it any object that is likely to have one of five specified detrimental effects on the land or amenity. It provides no defence to this offence and gardaí can force Travellers to move on, even those awaiting accommodation within local authority areas.
Thanks for that Brer fox ---it says a lot about our soft governments (past and present)---all they need to do is introduce a like law and they would not affect the lives of so many people
[quote][p][bold]Brer fox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spider666[/bold] wrote: The majority of them are Southern Irish caravaners,why can they claim British taxpayers money---just give them their ferry fare home and let the Irish pay them their beer and ciggie money.They contribute nothing to the U.K. except an increase in the sale of policemans notebooks (which the british taxpayer foots the bill for )[/p][/quote]The Irish government has this law.We don't sadly. The Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act made it an offence to enter and occupy land, or bring on to it any object that is likely to have one of five specified detrimental effects on the land or amenity. It provides no defence to this offence and gardaí can force Travellers to move on, even those awaiting accommodation within local authority areas.[/p][/quote]Thanks for that Brer fox ---it says a lot about our soft governments (past and present)---all they need to do is introduce a like law and they would not affect the lives of so many people spider666

11:47am Thu 20 Sep 12

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

spider666 wrote:
The Moan wrote:
spider666 wrote: The majority of them are Southern Irish caravaners,why can they claim British taxpayers money---just give them their ferry fare home and let the Irish pay them their beer and ciggie money.They contribute nothing to the U.K. except an increase in the sale of policemans notebooks (which the british taxpayer foots the bill for )
They're Irish Travellers not Irish nationals having a holiday, big difference. Who said any of them were claiming tax payers money.
They move from place to place travelling many miles so therefore in my opinion they cannot have jobs.If they are not claiming money from this near bankrupt country then please enlighten me as to how they can afford to run their vehicles and caravans.
Cash-in-hand jobs, theft, tatting and not paying tax.
[quote][p][bold]spider666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Moan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spider666[/bold] wrote: The majority of them are Southern Irish caravaners,why can they claim British taxpayers money---just give them their ferry fare home and let the Irish pay them their beer and ciggie money.They contribute nothing to the U.K. except an increase in the sale of policemans notebooks (which the british taxpayer foots the bill for )[/p][/quote]They're Irish Travellers not Irish nationals having a holiday, big difference. Who said any of them were claiming tax payers money.[/p][/quote]They move from place to place travelling many miles so therefore in my opinion they cannot have jobs.If they are not claiming money from this near bankrupt country then please enlighten me as to how they can afford to run their vehicles and caravans.[/p][/quote]Cash-in-hand jobs, theft, tatting and not paying tax. Arthur Blenkinsop

1:55pm Thu 20 Sep 12

Wrighty83 says...

Wow... Ok here's a thought. Any politicians out the want to get elected, simply stand up for people who work and pay taxes, instead of **** kissing every scrounger that comes along with a sob story.
Travellers ? don't make me laugh.
Wow... Ok here's a thought. Any politicians out the want to get elected, simply stand up for people who work and pay taxes, instead of **** kissing every scrounger that comes along with a sob story. Travellers ? don't make me laugh. Wrighty83

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