Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Travellers Turfed out of Car Park; BUSINESS TAKES SWIFT ACTION TO MOVE ON CARAVANS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Travellers Turfed out of Car Park; BUSINESS TAKES SWIFT ACTION TO MOVE ON CARAVANS

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Byline: By KATY SIMPSON

A BUSINESSWOMAN launched swift legal action after a group of travellers invaded her car park.

Staff at South Tyneside firm Home Care Removals were shocked to discover six caravans on their car park when they arrived for work yesterday.

The site on Victoria Industrial Estate, Hebburn, was taken over by a troupe of travellers who refused to budge.

But bailiffs were expected to turf the caravans off the site this morning after landlords Bizspace took swift legal action.

When owners Jackie and Adrian Riley called police yesterday they were told it could be a lengthy process and nothing could be done straight away.

But they refused to sit back and let their premises be invaded for 24 hours. They were worried about preserving the reputation of their removal van business, which they run alongside a limousine hire firm.

Quick-thinking Jackie tried to use the vehicles to defend the premises, and threatened to block the caravans into the car park if they didn't move off.

She lined up a limo across the entrance, sparking a scramble to get out by the travellers.

But the caravans set up camp again just yards away, on the grass verge next to the Home Car Removals premises.

Jackie claims an angry mob confronted her, threatening to set fire to the limousine, which is one of two cars at the site, alongside five removal vans.

"They asked my husband if he thought he was a hard man, and said he had to back off," said Jackie, 46. "They threatened us and said they would burn one of our limousines. It's not a very nice thing to happen.

"We have moved the limousine so they can't get back on. Now they are all parked on the front grass."

Jackie contacted her landlord at Bizspace, who set about trying to get the caravans evicted as soon as possible.

Police say the families have promised to head off in a couple of days and will clean up after themselves. They also deny threatening to burn the limousine. …

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