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Human poo found as travellers descend on Chesterfield park

David Owens is upset that travellers have moved onto Holmebrook Park. Pictured here with his dogs, Alfie and Max.

David Owens is upset that travellers have moved onto Holmebrook Park. Pictured here with his dogs, Alfie and Max.

A dog walker has complained of being verbally abused by travellers who have rolled in to a popular Chesterfield park.

David Owens, 66, of Barton Crescent, Holme Hall was out walking his dog at Holmebrook Valley Park this morning (August 6) when he noticed a group of around seven caravans.

“They were parked up just 50 metres from the children’s play area” he said. “As I walked past a woman hung out and shouted ‘nosey’ at me. It was quite intimidating, because there are some big men there.”

He said he also found human excrement, which his dog rolled in, and saw litter strewn in the bushes near where the travellers have parked.

It is thought the group arrived overnight.

A spokesman for Chesterfield Borough Council said: “We are aware that travellers have pitched up at Holmebrook Valley Park.

“Our staff are currently working in partnership with the police and other agencies to make a full assessment of the situation so that the necessary action can be taken to make sure they leave the site as quickly as possible.

“We are aware of an incident where someone has reported threatening behaviour. If anyone feels intimidated or is threatened with violence, they should report this to Derbyshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number, 101.”

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