Travellers pitched up at a recreation ground in Witney have been told to move on at the weekend, it is understood.

A group of travellers arrived at the Burwell Recreation Ground and Park off Thorney Leys with the first reports of their presence surfacing on Monday evening (May 27).

Thames Valley Police said it is aware of an encampment while Oxfordshire County Council attended the site yesterday morning (Tuesday, May 28) with a spokesperson confirming "normal legal procedures" have started.

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A police spokesperson said: “As land which is owned by the town council, they are taking the lead on this, and it is understood that the individuals will be moving on at the weekend.”

A Witney Town Council spokesperson said: "Witney Town Council is aware of an illegal encampment on-site at Burwell Recreation Ground and is currently engaged with other authorities in the due process of eviction."

Town councillor for Burwell, David Edwards-Hughes took to social media on Monday evening to make residents aware.

Mr Edwards-Hughes said: "Thank you to local residents who were quick to inform me that travellers have pitched up at Burwell Field.

"I reported them straight away to the council team responsible and alerted Thames Valley Police.

"I understand that the county council have attended the site and I hope they will now work with Thames Valley Police to facilitate their swift eviction."

It comes after travellers pitched up in Bicester earlier this month.

A clean-up operation was carried out by authorities following an encampment off Manston Close near the Lidl store in Launton Road.