Twenty-one caravans and twenty-seven vehicles are set to be forced to move on after a removal order was granted by a court.

Several travellers are currently camped in Ripon Park in Borehamwood after a summer of incursions across the town.

At St Albans Magistrates Court today, Hertsmere Borough Council were given the power to move the travellers on, as soon as possible. Officers will now work with the police to take enforcement action.

A group who had been in Brook Meadow earlier this week moved to the Newberries car park in Radlett but they soon moved to Ripon Park to join an existing group who have been camped for a week.

It is believed the group in Radlett were threatened with parking tickets which is why they moved on.

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The council is considering measures to stop future incursions after cries from residents to take action.

They include borough-wide orders to stop encampment and the introduction of bollards around parks.

Hertsmere Labour leader Cllr Jeremy Newmark called on the council to take “swifter action” earlier this week.

Cllr Seamus Quilty, responsible for the environment at Hertsmere Borough Council, said: "Where practical, measures have been taken to protect our parks, though these are open spaces available for everyone’s enjoyment and therefore due consideration has to be given to the potential loss of public amenity.

“Other boroughs, both within Hertfordshire and across the country, have faced a similar situation when planning their response to traveller incursions.

“We are continuing to look at all the options available to us with limited resources and within the parameters of the law, including borough-wide measures to prevent unauthorised encampments.”