Travellers surprised as army turns up to move them on from makeshift campsite

Will Metcalfe
Contributor

Travellers who set up an illegal encampment on a green were given a nasty surprise when the army showed up to turf them out.

Kent Police arrived to find caravans and cars parked up on a green, but was soon joined by soldiers, because the land they were parked on belonged to the Ministry of Defence.

It is understood the land claimed by travellers on Tuesday in Folkstone, Kent is owned by the MoD.

A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Assisting our colleagues the British Army and MoD Police in the removal of an Unauthorised Encampment in Queens Ave, Folkestone.

Travellers were surprised when the army arrived to move them on from land in Folkestone, Kent, on Tuesday. (SWNS)
Travellers were surprised when the army arrived to move them on from land in Folkestone, Kent, on Tuesday. (SWNS)

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A British Army spokesman confirmed there was no Explosive Ordnance Disposal activity in the area, and their presence was part of the work to move on travellers.

Folkestone and Hythe District Council have also been contacted for comment.

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