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Travellers set up a large illegal camp on Heath Common in Wakefield over the weekend.

Up to 70 caravans descended on the area on Friday night and moved off yesterday (May 14) afternoon.

James Heselgrave, landlord of Heath pub the Kings Arms said his bosses advised him to close at 7pm on Friday night.

Mr Heselgrave said travellers filled in ditches designd to stop vehicles accessing the common. He added: “It was a gospel meeting for the devout Catholic side of the travelling community. It was meant to be at Pugneys and I believed the field was waterlogged so they all converged on the heath.”

Mr Heselgrave said: “They have torn up a lot of the heath. They were doing ‘doughnuts’ in transit vans.”

A police spokesman said: “A number of calls were received mainly in relation to anti-social use of vehicles. A number of tickets were given out for offences including not wearing seatbelts and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence. A 12 plate BMW was seized from one driver for no insurance and no licence.

“The driver will be reported for summons.”

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