Caravans that arrived on land near to a school in Harlow have been forced to leave.

Four caravans pitched up on land close to Harlow Fields School on Tendring Road Wednesday, November 26.

Shortly before 12pm this morning (November 25) all caravans left Harlow after police and council action.

Officers from Harlow Council and Essex Police visited the site and instructed the encampment to vacate the land.

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They were able to resolve the matter without having to start legal proceedings.

Councillor Russell Perrin, Leader of Harlow Council, said: “The action we take will always be about upholding the law, responding to the concerns of residents and businesses and protecting the town’s open spaces, residential areas and business areas. It is not – and will never be about - persecuting any particular group of people or their way of life.

“I would like to thank all those involved in resolving this matter so quickly. Our Community Safety Team remain vigilant, and we urge the public to report any unauthorised traveller encampments on public land to us as soon as they can.”