Travellers camp on Burnley children’s playground

A group of travellers has set up camp on a children’s playground in Burnley.

The encampment sprang up late last night and has angered nearby residents.

Travellers who have set up camp on Harold Avenue.

Travellers who have set up camp on Harold Avenue.

Burnley Council owns the land and officials say they have started legal proceedings to remove the group of travellers.

A council spokesman said: “It is council land and we have been to court to start proceedings to have the group removed as quickly as possible.”

The latest incident comes just days after a group of travellers set up camp on land behind the General Havelock pub in Accrington Road last weekend.

The group has since moved off the land. It is unclear whether the two groups are linked.