Travellers set up camp by Bradford hotel

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: CAMP: The illegal travellers' camp on the approach road to the Ibis Hotel off Canal Road, Bradford CAMP: The illegal travellers' camp on the approach road to the Ibis Hotel off Canal Road, Bradford

A GROUP of travellers has set up camp on the entrance to a city centre hotel, the day after a community cricket club was forced to bring in bailiffs to finally remove six caravans from its playing field.

Guests at the Ibis budget hotel at Prince Court, Bradford, say they had awoken today to find five caravans, including one horse-drawn vehicle, in the car park next to the building's entrance on Canal Road.

Staff at the hotel were unwilling to talk about the travellers, who are thought to have moved onto the site in the early hours, but one said: "It has been reported to the police and they are dealing with it. We have asked for them to be moved on."

The group has taken up residence in the car park of Kingsgate House, which was formerly occupied by Yorkshire Bank.

The latest incident comes the day after members of Muff Field Cricket Club were forced to hire bailiffs, paid for by the Wesleyan Reform Church, to move a group of travellers off their playing field in Odsal.

A spokesman for the club said it had lost approximately £300 as a result of cancelled fixtures caused by the group, who broke through padlocked gates to gain access to the field on Monday, June 30.

"We've regained control and secured the ground, but they've left tyre marks on the field, damaged locks on the changing rooms, and taken diesel out of the rollers," said the spokesman.

Last week, Bradford Council confirmed it had started legal proceedings to move travellers off sites at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre in Bradford, and on playing fields in Cottingley, the latest of the 12 orders for possession of land the authority has obtained during 2014 so far.

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