Travellers move on to site of Gloucestershire Police HQ

A group of travellers have moved on to land earmarked for a new £20m divisional headquarters for Gloucestershire Police.

More than 20 travellers and six caravans arrived on the site near Bishop's Cleeve on the outskirts of Cheltenham at the weekend.

The force said it is to take court action to remove the travellers from the field close to the A435.

Gloucestershire police said it was applying for a possession order.

Assistant Chief Constable Ivor Twydell said: "The land occupied is the site of the new custody suite and police operational accommodation and is owned by Gloucestershire Police Authority.

"We are taking the appropriate course of action on behalf of the [police] authority."

The new buildings will be used as a base for the Cheltenham and Tewkesbury division of the force.

Plans for the site include operational buildings and a 30-cell custody suite.

It is expected to open in 2012.

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