Travellers move onto Hanwell Fields

Travellers at Hanwell feilds NNL-161106-122153001
Travellers at Hanwell feilds NNL-161106-122153001

Residents of Hanwell Fields, Banbury have called in police and the council after travellers move public land.

Residents of Hanwell Fields, Banbury have called in police and the council after travellers move onto land near Winter Gardens Way and Rotary Way.

They have complained of adults drinking alcohol in the children’s play park, ‘trying’ doors of parked cars and leaving excrement on public land.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “Residents are being chased in their cars by the travellers who arrived on Thursday on the field by Winter Gardens Way.”

“They’ve been riding quad bikes on the fields and leaving excrement on the public footpath. Several residents have been chased and intimidated by big vans.”

More travellers then moved onto the park by the Rotary Way shops near the school.

“Grown ups are drinking in the kids’ park and riding quad bikes all over the estate,” said the resident.

“Yesterday afternoon (Friday) about ten vans parked up at the top of the hill by the playground next to Hanwell Fields School. Last night they were riding dangerously on quad bikes; several residents were chased in cars by vans. There’s excrement on the pavements.

“The police were contacted last night as car doors in Meadowsweet Drive were being tried. Residents are scared and the general feeling on the estate is of unease.

“It’s understood that travellers do come and go but to terrorise and leave terrible mess is unacceptable. I believe Councillor Tony Ilott, councillor for the area is going to try and speak with them today.”

Thames Valley Police told the Banbury Guardian: “It is council land but I can confirm that TVP is supporting the council should they need any assistance.”