Coronavirus drive thru testing centre is forced to CLOSE after group of travellers set up camp

Coronavirus drive thru testing centre is forced to CLOSE after group of travellers set up camp in leisure centre car park

The Watford Leisure Centre facility was closed after travellers had set up camp A number of vehicles were seen arriving at the car park on Wednesday night The organisers of the centre have set up a temporary base in a nearby village Watford Borough Council have started legal proceedings after the encampment Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

A coronavirus testing centre in Watford has been forced to shut down after a group of travellers set up a camp in the car park.  

A number of vehicles were seen arriving on Wednesday night at Watford Leisure Centre, the site of the testing facility. Tests had been carried out there on Thursdays and Sundays. 

The organisers of the Hertfordshire-based centre have now set up a temporary base in Apsley, a village seven miles away. 

Watford Borough Council revealed it has started legal proceedings.    

A coronavirus testing centre in Watford has closed after a group of travellers set up camp

A number of vehicles were seen arriving at the Watford Leisure Centre car park on Wednesday

A number of vehicles were seen arriving at the Watford Leisure Centre car park on Wednesday

Peter Taylor, Mayor of Watford, said: ‘We are aware of an illegal encampment near Watford Central Leisure Centre.

‘We are working with the police and have initiated legal proceedings to clear this site as soon as possible. We do not tolerate illegal encampments in our town.’

Police said that a series of reports began to flood in concerning the encampment around 9pm on Wednesday night.  

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Constabulary said: ‘A number of caravans moved on to a car park in Hempstead Road on Wednesday, June 10.

‘The landowner, Watford Borough Council, is aware and liaising with local officers, who are monitoring the situation.’   

Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group added: ‘On Wednesday evening, a group of travellers arrived on the site that was designated for the mobile testing unit for on Thursday.

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