A COURT order could be sought by the city council in order to evict travellers who have refused to leave King George V Playing Fields for almost a week.

Initially, the unauthorised encampment was thought to include 10 caravans, and other vehicles, but residents in the area reported seeing an additional caravan arrive on Monday – while others complained about the mess.

If Worcester City Council applies and successfully obtains the court order, it would be able to take immediate enforcement action.

Supported by West Mercia Police, council officers served the travellers with a notice of direction to leave immediately on Monday, after the group moved onto King George V Playing Fields, off Ash Avenue, Worcester, on Wednesday, July 4.

A city council spokesman said today: “We are holding discussions with the police today regarding the travellers at King George V Playing Fields. One option under consideration is to apply tomorrow for a court order to evict the group from their current location.”

Posting on the Worcester News Facebook page, Rosie Furlong said: “The pitches have been trashed and the clean up is going to cost thousands. I don’t think people would mind if they cleaned up after themselves – why all the destruction and mess?”

But user Lauradaniel said: “Make more sites for them then and they wouldn’t have to pull on to places –simple really.”

Speaking on Monday, Marie, one of the travellers, said: “We always leave the place as we found it.

“We will go today if not tomorrow.

“This is our lifestyle – this is what we like to do.

“All our neighbours have been really nice. The other day some of them sat out and had a drink with us.”