Deadline for travellers to vacate Deeping Gate site looming

  Posted: 08.01.20 at 11:45 by The Editor

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Travellers who have set up an illegal encampment in Deeping Gate have until lunchtime today (Weds) to move on.

Peterborough City Council served them with a notice to vacate the land yesterday (Tues).

Police have stepped up patrols around Deeping Gate following the travellers’ arrival.

Stamford, Bourne and Deepings community policing inspector Rachel Blackwell said one report had been received about three Irish males being abusive to staff in a Deepings restaurant on Saturday night after being told they couldn't have a table because they were closing.

"The site has been very orderly and there was only one other call yesterday about two males from the site canvassing for tree work around Deeping," she added.

Cambridgeshire Police said the only calls it had received were to alert the force that the encampment had set up.

In July, Market Deeping was the victim of a crime spree – with the blame laid squarely on travellers who set up camp in Deeping Gate.

During their four-day stop-over, Lincolnshire Police received 17 reports of criminal and anti-social behaviour from the local community.

Two months later Lincolnshire Police made a public apology for the way it handled the situation and vowed lessons had been learnt.

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