Travellers in Hornchurch car park ignore eviction notice

PUBLISHED: 16:09 11 July 2016 | UPDATED: 16:11 11 July 2016

Travellers have refused to leave the former Mecca Bingo site in High Street, Hornchurch

Travellers have refused to leave the former Mecca Bingo site in High Street, Hornchurch


Travellers have refused to leave a plot of land owned by supermarket chain Lidl despite being served with an eviction notice ordering them to move on by 10am on Sunday.

Lidl, which owns the land behind the former Mecca Bingo in High Street, Hornchurch, served the travellers with a 24-hour eviction notice on Saturday, just a day after they were reported to have moved on to the abandoned car park, which had previously been locked.

The notice, clearly displayed on the broken gate of the car park over the weekend, read: “Lidl UK are owners of the land you are tresspassing on and require you to leave.

“You are here without consent and are therefore trespassers and have no right to remain. You should therefore leave together with all your vehicles and goods by 10am Sunday July 10.”

The notice concluded by warning the travellers that bailiffs would be used to evict them if they ignored the police, but as of 3.30pm today they remain on the site.

When approached this weekend, one member of the traveller community said: “We’ll leave when we want to leave.”

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