Wakefield Council and other agencies take action over unauthorised camp

Date: 15/09/2015
Ref: PR 5062

Wakefield Council has led a multi-agency group with West Yorkshire Police to carry out an operation to tackle anti-social behaviour at an unauthorised camp in the district.

As many as 30 traveller caravans had set up home on council land at Windermere Drive, Knottingley, where there had also been reports of anti-social behaviour.

The operation led to the recovery of £15,000 worth of stolen industrial equipment. A burnt out car was seized. Courts officers also seized four horses which were being grazed illegally and issued fines to the owners.

The agencies that worked together with the Council and police included the Vehicle Operating Services Agency, West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service, Department of Work and Pensions, HM Revenue and Customs, Wakefield District Housing, HM Court and Tribunal Services.

Councillor Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities at Wakefield Council, said: "The Council will not tolerate illegal or anti-social behaviour. By carrying out this successful operation with our partners we are sending out a very clear message that we will take action to deal with these anti-social behaviour problems."