Nottingham

Sherwood Forest migrant camps are 'fantasy'

Martin Potter as Robin Hood and Diane Keen as Maid Marian
Image caption The legendary Robin Hood set up camp in Sherwood Forest - but Nottinghamshire County Council insisted migrants have definitely not

A council has reassured people that reports of migrants living in Sherwood Forest, killing deer and threatening people with knives, are "fantasy".

Nottinghamshire County Council received 700 complaints about the supposed migrant camps after far-right group Britain First mounted a campaign.

The claims were originally reported in the Mansfield Chad, along with a photo of a treehouse.

A group of young people later confirmed they built the treehouse in 2010.

The BBC has contacted Britain First but has yet to receive a response.

Image copyright Mansfield Chad
Image caption A group of young people came forward and said they built the treehouse in 2010 "when we were bored in the summer"

Youngster Brad Dury told the Mansfield Chad: "My phone was blowing up with messages saying 'didn't we build that?'

"I thought 'yes we did, we need to say something'."

Britain First leafleted people in Nottinghamshire demanding the "illegal" camps be shut down.

A campaign video has also been viewed more than 348,000 times on Britain First's Facebook page.

Image copyright Britain First
Image caption Leaflets distributed by Britain First described the "illegal immigrants" as "armed and dangerous"

County council leader Alan Rhodes said: "The story is fantasy. It's untrue and actually I'm very concerned because Sherwood Forest Country Park is a lovely safe place for families to go and enjoy a day out.

"I would encourage people to do that and to ignore these nonsensical stories of migrant camps."

Nottinghamshire Police and the Forestry Commission also confirmed there had never been any migrant camps in Sherwood Forest.

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