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Police in Derby make arrest and evict travellers from Chaddesden park.

Posted on 30th July 2018
Chad Park Travellers

Our officers from the Chaddesden Safer Neighbourhood Team have acted swiftly to evict travellers from a park in the Derby suburb. 

Officers from the team attended Chaddesden Park on Maine Drive, yesterday, Sunday, July 29 after reports that a number of caravans were setting up close to the football fields. 

PC Mark Atterbury, from the team explained: “As soon as we heard that a group of people may be trespassing on the park we attended to explain to them that they were trespassing and the standard of behaviour expected from them if they were to stay there whilst eviction proceedings were being taken. 

“One young man was arrested as he remonstrated with the officers and tried to damage the police car.” 

19-year-old Michael McDonagh, from Manchester has now been charged with a section four public order offence and with attempting to commit criminal damage. He will appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, August 28. 

When officers from the team returned to the park today, Monday, July 30, they found what appeared to be human waste close to the four caravans and camper van. 

PC Atterbury continued: “The occupants of the caravans were given very clear instructions on the standard of behaviour expected of them. 

“What we saw this morning was a clear breach of these standards and so they were all instructed to leave.” 

Officers used powers under Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to serve notice to the group to leave and at around 11.15am the group left the park. 

Officials from Derby City Council’s Street Pride have now cleaned the area left behind.

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