Travelers ‘rejected Smethwick transit space’ before moving from Asda car park

A group of travelers refused to be moved to a transit point in Smethwick, the Sandwell Council has said. Four caravans showed up at the Asda parking lot in Great Bridge last night (April 25).

They were offered to use a transit point but declined. Police officers then attended the scene to force the removal of the group from the supermarket parking lot.

But before action could be taken, they left the area and drove out of Sandwell. A Sandwell Council spokesman told BlackCountryLive: “Sandwell Council’s environmental protection officers have been working with West Midlands Police to deal with an unauthorized camp in the parking lot at Asda Great Bridge.

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“Four caravans arrived at the site last night. As part of our unauthorized camping process, this morning our officers offered the group to use Sandwell’s transit site in Smethwick.”

They added: “This offer was rejected and officers from the Tipton Neighborhood Policing Team therefore attended the scene to force the group’s removal from the scene. Before further steps could be taken, the group left the car park and drove out of Sandwell.”

The news was shared on Tipton Town Police’s Twitter page. A notice said: “Tipton NHT Team 1 has worked with Sandwell Council to implement a proliferation order at Asda, Great Bridge.”

The statement was accompanied by a picture of the caravans parked horizontally across the parking bays.

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