Gypsies leave park and ride

Doncaster North Park and Ride, which is situated on York Road (opposite Green Lane).
Doncaster North Park and Ride, which is situated on York Road (opposite Green Lane).
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An illegal gypsy encampment has been cleared from one of Doncaster’s park and ride sites.

A number of caravans had been parked on the Doncaster North parking area near Highfields since before the bank holiday.

Some motorists boycotted the facility because they said they feared for the safety of their vehicles.

About 20 caravans are believed to have moved onto the park and ride, off Great North Road, on Saturday evening, after it closed for the weekend.

That number dwindled to about 10 last week before the legal action was planned to move them on.

A man living in Woodlands, whose family uses the all-day parking every weekday, said: “We have stopped using it because of the caravans. I think they must have got in when it was closed.

“I think people were a bit worried about leaving their cars unattended.”

A court order was due to be issued on Friday but a spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said the travellers had moved on of their own accord.

A SYPTE spokesperson said: “We were aware of a situation at Doncaster Park & Ride and are liaising with the relevant authorities to take measures to resolve this as quickly as possible, whilst minimising any impact on our customers.

“The site continued to operate as normal.”

It is believed to be the first time gypsies have moved on to any of Doncaster’s three park and ride areas.