TRAVELLERS have moved onto a school playing field and caused disruption.

Five caravans and their associated vehicles arrived at the rugby pitch of St King’s St Alban’s junior school, near Worcestershire Cricket Club’s New Road ground, at 11.20pm on Wednesday evening.

The Worcester News has been told travellers gained entry at one of the entrances after a bolt lock on a gate was smashed.

A school spokesman has told us they have been unable to use the pitch while the travellers are at the site, and have been forced to use another school pitch.

A caravan was also seen driving across the pitch, near to the cricket club’s practise nets.

The spokesman said: “We have taken the necessary steps informing the police the travellers are there.

"We have reviewed safety and are using a pitch that is segregated by a public walkway. It has caused disruption.

"They are only a small group - hopefully they will move off as soon as possible, so we can get back to normal.”

Parents of the pupils aged from four years old upwards have been notified. A school tweet read: “Parent update: A group of travellers established themselves last night on one of the King’s School playing fields located off Bromwich Road.

"Please be assured that the situation is under control and we are reviewing clubs and fixtures to ensure that pupil safety remains a priority.”

A police spokesman said they were talking to the travellers to come to a resolution and will deal with any offences, if any occur.