Travellers’ mess was ‘absolute filth and contempt towards our community’

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Mess left behind by travellers last week was described as “the worst ever seen” by one onlooker.

Camped in the field behind Go Bowling – a recreation site used often by families – it was instead ruined by heaps of rubbish, including excrement, dumped behind.

After the travellers were moved on by police at the end of the week, it took Central Bedfordshire Council one day to clear the mess.

But it will take residents a lot longer to forget it.

One woman told the Gazette: “It’s the worst mess I’ve ever seen left behind by travellers. It really had to be seen to be believed.

“There’s such a lot of effort going into making this town a better place to live. It’s more than just a kick in the teeth, it’s absolute filth and contempt towards our community.”

At a meeting of Dunstable Town Council’s community services committee on Monday, Supt Sharn Basra was quizzed about the police’s role tackling illegal encampments.

Cllr John Chatterley said: “The residents I’ve been concerned with have said surely the police can take action?”

Supt Basra responded: “Every morning officers will report over every encampment and I will ask the questions. Is there anti-social behaviour? Is there crime?

“It’s a priority for us but clearly one of the issues is with people putting pen to paper in terms of collating information against these people.”

Cllr Gloria Martin said: “I had residents telling me that on Olma Road police were actually there and they watched as the travellers broke the lock through the gate. They were absolutely disgusted that the police did nothing.”

Supt Basra said he would look into the alleged incident from Friday.