Travellers leave Alyn Waters Country Park in Wrexham

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Caravans on football pitches
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Up to 20 vehicles set up camp at Alyn Waters country park last week

Travellers camped on a country park near Wrexham have left after a deadline set by a court order passed.

North Wales Police said around a dozen families left Alyn Waters Country Park at Llay by 18:45 BST on Thursday after the local authority was granted an eviction order.

The order on Wednesday demanded the travellers left by 17:00 BST on Thursday.

Wrexham council said bailiffs were not needed to remove them.

The council went to Wrexham Magistrates' Court after around 16 families camped on a youth football pitch at the country park.

Their arrival almost two weeks ago - with up to 20 cars, caravans and vans - forced Llay United Youth Football Club to re-arrange training for more than 150 youngsters who use the pitches for nightly coaching sessions.

The country park covers 400 acres (162 hectares) of land on both sides of the River Alyn and is the largest facility of its kind in Wrexham county borough.

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