Travellers at King Offa


Concerned residents called police after a group of travellers pitched up in a car park near to King Offa Primary Academy.

The three caravans arrived on the site shortly before 8pm on Tuesday (August 4).

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said: “Officers attended the location at 8.09pm and established that there were three cars and three caravans and a group of five adults with eight young children.

“They indicated that they were resting en route from France to London and would be staying two to three days.

“Police have advised the owners of the land, East Sussex County Council, who have visited the site and asked the travellers to leave.”

The spokesperson added that no criminal offences had been committed and officers would continue to monitor the group.

There have been a number of incidents of travellers pitching up on land in Bexhill over the past few months.

On May 26, a dozen caravans parked up on the cricket and football pitches at The Downs.

Just one month later, 24 caravans arrived on the field at Glyne Gap.

Police officers were called to The Downs on July 21 after a group of travellers tried to remove wooden posts which restrict access to the site from Down Road. It is believed the same group also tried to pitch up at the Ravenside Retail Park and later camped on farmland at Normans Bay.