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A Somerset football club's facilities destroyed, as travellers dig up pitch and trash

changing rooms.

The club was left with a repair bill costing thousands of pounds after the group set up camp at their ground. Facilities at Portishead Town Football Club were left seriously damaged after a group of five caravans arrived at its Bristol Road ground on Friday. The travellers spent three days on the ground before bailiffs and police moved them off the ground on Monday.

Several large rectangular holes – around a foot deep - have been dug into the main first team pitch, leaving it unusable. There has been serious vandalism to the toilet block and where they broke into the changing rooms, all the doors and frames will have to be replaced. Once inside the building, the travellers also used the kitchen area and broke into the referees' changing room. Also left over the pitch was excrement, toilet paper, baby wipes and nappies, along with food waste.

The Club now face a major clean up and repair bill and say it will be a race against time to get the main pitch repaired in time for the start of the season.

Travellers recently occupied Shepton Mallet Football Club before moving on to Whitchurch and Stockwood

North Somerset has been deluged with groups of travellers over the last few weeks. There have been encampments at Worle Recreation Ground, Locking Road car park, Beach Lawns and Hutton Moor Playing Fields in Weston-super-Mare.

Last weekend travellers also arrived on Siston Common South Gloucestershire. The new arrivals were directed to leave by South Gloucestershire Council on Monday but are yet to vacate the area.

Please be vigilant and LOCK THE GATE