Travellers leave human poo in bushes after being kicked off Covid-19 test site

Travellers have left human poo in bushes after being kicked out of a Covid-19 testing site.

A mass-clean up operation is underway after rubbish including soiled nappies, loo roll and human waste was found.

Bailliffs were brought in to move the families on from Uttxoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire after they set up an illegal camp last week.

Poo was found in the bushes despite the course having provided the group with their own toilet facilities.

Executive director David MacDonald told StaffordshireLive they left after a visit from bailiffs at around 5.30pm on Tuesday.

He said: "There's been damage to property and outbuildings over the last few days on the site, although nothing has been taken from them.

"There have been nappies left lying around and, although we provided toilets for the travellers, the bushes appear to have been used instead.

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"We've had to provide bailiffs and extra security to deal with this problem, which has been an added cost we could've done without at the current time."

The travellers moved onto the course last Friday, forcing the cancellation of a Covid-19 testing event the following day.

Covid-19 tests are now expected to resume imminently.

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It is thought they are the same group who left a major mess at Uttxoxeter's Heath Community Centre earlier that day.

Mr MacDonald added: "I'm determined the community rallies round together and comes up with a plan for dealing with this problem.

"The same sites are being targeted in the town and it's becoming a more regular occurrence.

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"Police don't seem to have the powers to deal with it and it's totally unfair on businesses and the community, who are making so many sacrifices at the moment.

"I'd like to see some kind of early warning system put in place.

"If it was the same group who left the Heath Community Centre late last week, how have they been allowed to break into another property and set up camp just hours later?

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"I'm particularly grateful to our MP, Kate Griffiths, and town mayor Sue McGarry, who have been extremely supportive."

The Tory MP has written to Home Secretary Priti Patel as she campaigns for new legislation to give the police powers to break up illegal encampments.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said of the outbuilding break-ins: "This has been reported to police. Officers have carried out initial enquiries, including checking CCTV.

"Any witnesses or anyone with any information can contact 101, or report online quoting incident number 262 of September 14."

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