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Travellers leave Tooting Common before deadline

Travellers who set up camp at a south-west London park left before the 24-hour deadline after being warned of legal action, Wandsworth Council said.

The group, which had arrived at Tooting Common on Monday morning, were given until 14:00 BST to clear the site.

They left at 10:45 BST, but within an hour they tried to set up a new camp at Wandsworth Common, the council said.

Council officers "acted swiftly" and were able to get the travellers to leave the common before 12:00.

Rubbish left by the travellers at Tooting Common, where they spent the night, has also been cleared, the local authority said.

Camping overnight on any part of the commons without authorisation is a criminal offence under parks and open spaces by-laws.

The council claims it has powers to physically remove people, their belongings and vehicles if they do not comply with by-laws.

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