Football club forced to cancel match after travellers move onto pitch

Travellers on Carrbottom Recreation Ground yesterday

Travellers on Carrbottom Recreation Ground yesterday

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

A FOOTBALL club has been forced to rearrange a friendly match and training sessions after travellers moved onto a playing pitch in Bank Foot.

Caravans moved on to the football field at Carrbottom Recreation Ground in Carrbottom Road, Bankfoot, on Tuesday.

It means Great Horton FC, which plays home matches on the pitch, has had to rearrange a friendly match planned there for this Sunday.

The club starts its Bradford Sunday Alliance Football League Division 3A fixtures on August 24, starting with two away games.

Club manager Wayne Sykes said he and his team were frustrated by the travellers and has called for a railing to be built around the perimeter of the site.

He said: "It's disappointing and frustrating. It will affect us. They are actually on the pitch.

"What can we do about it? I don't know how long it will take to move them. It depends what mess they leave behind once they go.

"I'm quite disappointed really, we have trouble on the pitch all of the time. People go on their quad bikes on it as well.

"At the moment, the pitch is alright. We have contacted the council about it. We rent the pitch from the council for about £340 for the season. We have to pay for it out of our own money."

Great Horton's squad has also had to rearrange its weekly training session.

About 11 caravans were reported on the site yesterday.

Andrew Butterworth, club player and secretary, said: "It's annoying really. This could throw our season up in the air."

Wibsey councillor Ralph Berry (Lab) said Bradford Council had applied for a land possession order to Bradford County Court to get the travellers moved off the site.

He added: "We want people to be able to play sport there as they normally do.

"It's an open piece of land in the heart of the community. We have a chronic shortage of pitches as it is. We are trying to liaise with the group so they can move on.

"As soon as it happened we applied for a land possession order to Bradford County Court.

"We are keeping a regular eye on it. There has been no crime reported on there as it is."

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6:57pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Apollo says...

These scum travellers are a plague - easy to deal with via a multi agency approach but no one has the gumption.

If you need a plan on how to deal with them please ask me. I could clear Bradford of them in 2-3 days.
These scum travellers are a plague - easy to deal with via a multi agency approach but no one has the gumption. If you need a plan on how to deal with them please ask me. I could clear Bradford of them in 2-3 days. Apollo
  • Score: 19

7:12pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Kazbop says...

Within the first 2 hours of them moving onto this PLAYING field myself and my 11 year old daughter witnessed some of the occupants of this group batter and knock out a young man so bad that the paramedics were called and a young boy was also witnessed by myself and my 11 yr old swing a rabbit around full circle by it's ears for at least 10 mins then got 2 dogs to chase it around the field then he swung it again by it's ears into the back of the van , yes I reported this animal cruelty to the RSPCA , have they been near or back in touch NO !!
This is council land used for local football teams and local children to play on, not for people to set up home on disturbing the neighbourhood with the sound of generators and vans driving round on it like lunatics churning the grass up !!! Not to mention intimidating locals and dog walkers pulling up asking " you got a problem " !!! And councillor Berry should come and speak to the residents who will inform him what actually is going on , a neighbour had to go confront and retrieve her rabbit hutch that had been taken from her garden within hours of the group arriving,
I have also been asking for years for a barrier to be placed around this field to deter quad bikes and 4x4s from ruining this pitch , it was only a matter of time before it was to be occupied by travellers and now they know it's easy accessible how many more times will they come back ? I was told there is not enough money in the pot to put a barrier around but what will the cost of this incident and clean up cost the council !!!
Within the first 2 hours of them moving onto this PLAYING field myself and my 11 year old daughter witnessed some of the occupants of this group batter and knock out a young man so bad that the paramedics were called and a young boy was also witnessed by myself and my 11 yr old swing a rabbit around full circle by it's ears for at least 10 mins then got 2 dogs to chase it around the field then he swung it again by it's ears into the back of the van , yes I reported this animal cruelty to the RSPCA , have they been near or back in touch NO !! This is council land used for local football teams and local children to play on, not for people to set up home on disturbing the neighbourhood with the sound of generators and vans driving round on it like lunatics churning the grass up !!! Not to mention intimidating locals and dog walkers pulling up asking " you got a problem " !!! And councillor Berry should come and speak to the residents who will inform him what actually is going on , a neighbour had to go confront and retrieve her rabbit hutch that had been taken from her garden within hours of the group arriving, I have also been asking for years for a barrier to be placed around this field to deter quad bikes and 4x4s from ruining this pitch , it was only a matter of time before it was to be occupied by travellers and now they know it's easy accessible how many more times will they come back ? I was told there is not enough money in the pot to put a barrier around but what will the cost of this incident and clean up cost the council !!! Kazbop
  • Score: 41

7:17pm Wed 6 Aug 14

florry says...

If i parked in a lay by in my caravan you can bet i would be shiffted asap ....it stinks they get away with murder gypsies!!!!
If i parked in a lay by in my caravan you can bet i would be shiffted asap ....it stinks they get away with murder gypsies!!!! florry
  • Score: 24

10:11pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Idlesteve says...

Disgusting. They should be physically removed and charged with public order offences .
Disgusting. They should be physically removed and charged with public order offences . Idlesteve
  • Score: 16

12:56am Thu 7 Aug 14

staceybabe999 says...

this is an absolute joke why dont they just go and find somewhere else instead of using our territory kids have to play on that field and they were parked in wibsey park they terrorise out town and its ridiculous they should go somewhere else and stop hurting people the people they are hurting are innocent and have done nothing wrong and the animals they are hurting its cruel what have them animals done to them nothing exactly they are just bullies and they should just leave what exactly is the mp doing about this oh sorrry he cant be bothered or is he too scared of his own shadow that he cant even defend out country the selfish idiots they are pathetic they should be forced to leave its our country and they should **** off kids arent safe anymore because of them i have 6 children and im glad i dont live near there no offence but i would be too scared for my kids let alone myself someone should do something about it or its going to get really bad
this is an absolute joke why dont they just go and find somewhere else instead of using our territory kids have to play on that field and they were parked in wibsey park they terrorise out town and its ridiculous they should go somewhere else and stop hurting people the people they are hurting are innocent and have done nothing wrong and the animals they are hurting its cruel what have them animals done to them nothing exactly they are just bullies and they should just leave what exactly is the mp doing about this oh sorrry he cant be bothered or is he too scared of his own shadow that he cant even defend out country the selfish idiots they are pathetic they should be forced to leave its our country and they should **** off kids arent safe anymore because of them i have 6 children and im glad i dont live near there no offence but i would be too scared for my kids let alone myself someone should do something about it or its going to get really bad staceybabe999
  • Score: 8

2:48am Thu 7 Aug 14

MyBradford says...

Council & police are useles. Why do we even pay taxes & have go through this in our communities. Some people need to get together show the police how it should be done, the old fashion way.
Council & police are useles. Why do we even pay taxes & have go through this in our communities. Some people need to get together show the police how it should be done, the old fashion way. MyBradford
  • Score: 8

8:12am Thu 7 Aug 14

Out of site says...

It's a shame hitler didnt do the lot in.vermin.
It's a shame hitler didnt do the lot in.vermin. Out of site
  • Score: 4

12:08pm Thu 7 Aug 14

damraf says...

It does not matter if the council but a fence around the site as all the travellers say is that it was open when they arrive. They used a Sthil saw to break one on coach road were witnessed doing so but the police refused to press charges because the 4 witness were kids aged between 10-14 years old
It does not matter if the council but a fence around the site as all the travellers say is that it was open when they arrive. They used a Sthil saw to break one on coach road were witnessed doing so but the police refused to press charges because the 4 witness were kids aged between 10-14 years old damraf
  • Score: 3

3:11pm Thu 7 Aug 14

johnh1 says...

These people on here are as bad as any gipsy
Your comments are vile although the big bad badgers was funny.
Get a grip
These people on here are as bad as any gipsy Your comments are vile although the big bad badgers was funny. Get a grip johnh1
  • Score: -10

4:01pm Thu 7 Aug 14

northern pig says...

MyBradford wrote:
Council & police are useles. Why do we even pay taxes & have go through this in our communities. Some people need to get together show the police how it should be done, the old fashion way.
Clearly there needs to be changes in the law,to stop this problem.Every part of Bradford as suffered.Yet not one of our members of parliament as stated that this cannot be allowed to continue and that they will raise the matter in the house of commons, to instigate changes in the law so that process of getting rid of travellers is sped up takes a maximum of two days, instead of ten I.E served writ on the day they arrive be gone by the following day.As a council tax payer i am fed up seeing money being used to clear up after they leave. Apart from that, the good citizens need an explanation as to why these people are allowed to break every law in the book and get away with it.
[quote][p][bold]MyBradford[/bold] wrote: Council & police are useles. Why do we even pay taxes & have go through this in our communities. Some people need to get together show the police how it should be done, the old fashion way.[/p][/quote]Clearly there needs to be changes in the law,to stop this problem.Every part of Bradford as suffered.Yet not one of our members of parliament as stated that this cannot be allowed to continue and that they will raise the matter in the house of commons, to instigate changes in the law so that process of getting rid of travellers is sped up takes a maximum of two days, instead of ten I.E served writ on the day they arrive be gone by the following day.As a council tax payer i am fed up seeing money being used to clear up after they leave. Apart from that, the good citizens need an explanation as to why these people are allowed to break every law in the book and get away with it. northern pig
  • Score: 1

7:58pm Thu 7 Aug 14

spearmint wino says...

These will be the gypsies who left Wibsey Park on Monday evening after being there for 11 days when a court order was applied. They left a terrible mess of beer bottles and all sorts of rubbish including human feaces behind which the council have cleaned up., with is the local tax payers no doubt picking up the bill.
When they are evicted off a site in bradford the cops should escort them out of the city boundary!
These will be the gypsies who left Wibsey Park on Monday evening after being there for 11 days when a court order was applied. They left a terrible mess of beer bottles and all sorts of rubbish including human feaces behind which the council have cleaned up., with is the local tax payers no doubt picking up the bill. When they are evicted off a site in bradford the cops should escort them out of the city boundary! spearmint wino
  • Score: 1

10:55pm Thu 7 Aug 14

MyBradford says...

northern pig wrote:
MyBradford wrote:
Council & police are useles. Why do we even pay taxes & have go through this in our communities. Some people need to get together show the police how it should be done, the old fashion way.
Clearly there needs to be changes in the law,to stop this problem.Every part of Bradford as suffered.Yet not one of our members of parliament as stated that this cannot be allowed to continue and that they will raise the matter in the house of commons, to instigate changes in the law so that process of getting rid of travellers is sped up takes a maximum of two days, instead of ten I.E served writ on the day they arrive be gone by the following day.As a council tax payer i am fed up seeing money being used to clear up after they leave. Apart from that, the good citizens need an explanation as to why these people are allowed to break every law in the book and get away with it.
Members of parliament and house of commons lol
Why would they bother with such small incidents. Even if they grabbed land & built illegal settlements ;-) members of parliament would still stay silent.
[quote][p][bold]northern pig[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MyBradford[/bold] wrote: Council & police are useles. Why do we even pay taxes & have go through this in our communities. Some people need to get together show the police how it should be done, the old fashion way.[/p][/quote]Clearly there needs to be changes in the law,to stop this problem.Every part of Bradford as suffered.Yet not one of our members of parliament as stated that this cannot be allowed to continue and that they will raise the matter in the house of commons, to instigate changes in the law so that process of getting rid of travellers is sped up takes a maximum of two days, instead of ten I.E served writ on the day they arrive be gone by the following day.As a council tax payer i am fed up seeing money being used to clear up after they leave. Apart from that, the good citizens need an explanation as to why these people are allowed to break every law in the book and get away with it.[/p][/quote]Members of parliament and house of commons lol Why would they bother with such small incidents. Even if they grabbed land & built illegal settlements ;-) members of parliament would still stay silent. MyBradford
  • Score: 0

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