School takes action to stop pitch invasion by travellers

Irena & Petros

A review of security procedures is to take place at Tonbridge School after a group of travellers set up camp and started hanging out washing on one of its sports pitches.

Police were called to the scene last Tuesday evening (May 24 2016) when five caravans were towed through the Sports Centre gates on London Road, but no arrests were made.

The group of travellers parked on the edge of one of cricket pitches close to the Sports Centre building, which has previously been used as a pre-Olympic training facility, and recently for the Tonbridge Triathlon.

Tonbridge School Bursar Anthony Moore confirmed its security measures would be examined, but believed the incident had been handled appropriately.

He said: “A small group of travellers arrived on the school’s lower fields on the evening of May 24.

“Following successful work between the school, its legal advisers and the police, the travellers left the site on Wednesday evening in an amicable fashion, and without causing any damage to the field.

Mr Moore added: “The five caravans and other vehicles were parked on a cricket pitch at the far boundary of the school campus.

“They were well away from the academic areas, and therefore caused no major disturbance to the running of the school during their brief stay.

“The school will review its procedures in order to prevent access to our private land in future.”

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