A COMMUNITY clean-up operation is under way after a field was left in a “disgusting” state.

A group of travellers, with at least 20 caravans and other vehicles, had been parked up on a field in Keighley Road, Crossflatts.

The camp was split into two, with groups of caravans located at either end of the large field.

The travellers left the site on Sunday. Piles of household rubbish, dirty nappies, broken tree branches and logs and broken glass bottles have since been found in the field.

A number of the wooden fence panels surrounding the field, which is privately owned, have been smashed and large tyre marks have indented the grass on the field.

Wooden dog kennels have also been placed on the field and a landscaping business vehicle could also be seen among the travellers’ vehicles.

The community has rallied round since the travellers left to clean-up the field.

The clean-ups at the site will continue on Friday from 2pm and Saturday from 9am, with the public invited to take part.

Kim Greenham, who has helped to organise the clean-up through social media, praised the public’s support, particularly through the Crossflatts Community Facebook page. She said: “The field is disgusting, I have never seen anything like it.

“There is tonnes of waste left from the travellers there. The field is a mess. Everyone has been doing their little bit. It’s lovely, this is a good part of the community. It has been a fantastic response from the public.

“Tradesmen have offered to help and bring their own wood and tools to repair the wooden fences.

“A lot of people have helped so far, or said they will on Facebook.

“We are trying to put all of the rubbish left at the site at the top of the field, so then people will be able to take it away to the tip.”

Bradford Council said it spoke to the landowners, who have not been identified, to give them advice over the next legal steps for them to take to remove the group. The travellers declined to comment when approached by the Telegraph & Argus at the site earlier this month.

This location has proved to be a popular spot for travellers to set up camp over recent months.

Travellers moved onto the football pitch adjacent to Crossflatts Cricket Club in Keighley Road in May and stayed there for a couple of weeks.