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Non league side forced to play game away from home due to illegal travellers

Midland League Division One side Nuneaton Griff have been forced to move this weekend’s home match due to illegal travellers parking up their caravans at their ground.

The club posted on Twitter, making supporters aware of the situation and changed plans for their match on Saturday.

“Because of travellers’ caravans parked by the entrance to the Pingles Stadium, Nuneaton Griff FC have been advised not to play there this coming Saturday and as a consequence the game against Heath Hayes will now be played as an away game at the Coppice Ground.”

Hartshill Sports FC replied to the club’s tweet: “Will you be able to claim compensation for the programmes printed, food ordered prepared, the cost of transport to the away ground? You should ask the council for their claim process on this.”

Residents of the town have recently set up a petition, asking the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council to remove the travellers.

The petition, which you can sign HERE, reads: “As a community we have decided that the travellers need to permanently move out of Nuneaton as they are taking over our public land on a regular basis at a cost of almost £20,000 a time, the costs incurred are ridiculous and it is no wonder our council doesn’t have enough money to make our town thrive. (They can’t even buy a decent Christmas tree.)

“The travellers are a health and safety risk, their dog has attacked several children making it impossible to go near their encampment, they leave human excrement all over the area and endless rubbish.

“We want the laws to be enforced and to have a court injunction to prevent them from setting up an encampment within our borough.”

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