A GROUP of travellers was forced to move on after they set up an unauthorised encampment in Amesbury.

Police were alerted of the incursion, which arrived at Bonnymead Park on Thursday, August 30, by concerned residents.

Around 20 vehicles had trespassed and set up a camp without permission from the landowner.

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Wiltshire Police officers spoke with the landowner and those staying illegally before ordering them to leave the area on Sunday, September 3.

Salisbury Journal: Litter in Bonnymead Park.Litter in Bonnymead Park. (Image: Jennifer Browne)

Amesbury Town Council staff, councillors and Bawden helped to clean up Bonnymead but residents are still advised to be cautious of horse waste in some areas around the park.

Salisbury Journal: The clean-up team.The clean-up team. (Image: Amesbury Town Council)

Excrement was reportedly smeared on climbing equipment inside the play park and drinks were stolen from Reeve the Baker by those staying in the area.

Travellers also allegedly stole a rod from a child who was fishing at the Amesbury Recreation Ground.

A spokesperson for Wiltshire Police said: "Work is now underway with the council to prevent further occurrences from happening in future."