Coventry & Warwickshire

Nuneaton's Camp Hill Primary School: Clean-up after travellers leave

The group of travellers
Image caption The borough council secured a court order on Tuesday giving the travellers 24 hours' notice to leave

A primary school will re-open on Thursday after a day-long clean-up at a site on nearby land that was occupied by travellers.

The group of around 20 caravans had parked near Camp Hill Primary in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, but have now left.

The school was professionally cleaned on Wednesday.

Litter had been thrown on to the school site, the borough council's leader Dennis Harvey said.

Baby nappies, gas bottles, an oven and rubbish have all been removed from the site travellers had occupied as part of its clean-up, one of the clear-up operators said.

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Image caption The school said closing had been a difficult decision to make but the pupils' welfare was the priority

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council had secured a court order on Tuesday giving the travellers 24 hours' notice to leave before it brought in bailiffs.

The school confirmed on Facebook it would fully re-open on Thursday.

Katrina Slomczynski, a contributor to the Nuneaton Community Forum on Facebook, previously said the closure had had a "devastating impact" for parents who could not organise childcare at short notice and needed to take time off work.

The mother-of-two said: "This kind of behaviour gives travellers a bad name, but not every traveller is like this."

An influx of travellers to Coventry and Warwickshire was expected this week before the Kenilworth Horse Fair taking place from Friday until Sunday.

Police have warned of traffic delays around the A46 Warwick Bypass and A452 Leamington Road ahead of the event.

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