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Travellers move on Flood Street in Dudley for second time in month

By Jamie Brassington | Dudley | Politics | Published:

Travellers were last night moved on to Flood Street car park in Dudley after previously setting up camp in Kingswinford and a Netherton school.

Travellers in Flood Street during the last incursion

The travellers originally moved onto school playing fields at the Link Academy, Netherton, last weekend where they were based until yesterday.

The school was closed to pupils yesterday as police carried out an eviction following a High Court order.

The travellers then moved on to Cot Lane, Kingswinford, yesterday but Dudley Council moved the group on to Flood Street.

It is the second time there has been an unauthorised travellers site on the car park in a month.

Council leader Patrick Harley said it was a better option to have travellers on a "redundant car park" - meaning Flood Street - than on other sites.

He said: "It is the lesser of two evils to move them to a redundant car park rather than leave them on a well used park for several days whilst the legal guys do their best to remove in a timely fashion."

However this has attracted criticism from the opposition Labour party.

Councillor Shaukat Ali, who represents St Thomas's where Flood Street is located, claimed councillor Harley was using the car park as a make-shift transient site.

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Senior Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star. Contact me at jamie.brassington@expressandstar.co.uk.

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