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Traveller children play in lethal playground as they are ordered to leave site by 4pm

By The Citizen  |  Posted: August 22, 2013

CONCERN:  Police at the site.

CONCERN: Police at the site.

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TRAVELLER children were caught dicing with death by playing in an electricity sub-station next to the site they have taken over.

The travellers have been ordered to leave the old Cattle Market site at St Oswald's by 4pm today.

If they fail to leave, Gloucester City Council, who own the land, will take legal action to evict them.

One of the travellers told The Citizen yesterday: "We won't be staying much longer anyway. The site is not good for our children."

The number of vehicles on site has doubled since their arrival on August 9.

Police rushed to the site at 4.35pm on Tuesday to find children as young as 10 playing in an electricity sub-station enclosure, despite a sign warning 'danger of death', where the lock on the gate had been snapped off.

A police spokesman said: "A group of half a dozen children aged around 10 were playing at the electricity sub-station.

"The gate was secured and we spoke to the children about the safety implications. We also spoke to the parents on the site reminding them about general good conduct while they are here."

Eileen Leadley, community safety advisor for Western Power Distribution, said: "Substations carry extremely high voltages and interfering with them in any way is potentially lethal.

"It is very important that people stay clear of them."

Rubbish has been strewn across the site and cleaning contractors are preparing for a major clean-up operation.

Attentions are now turning to how to secure the site from future invasions.

A spokesman for Gloucester City Council: "We are reviewing the options open to us once the site has been vacated."

But they refused to say what the options are.

City councillor Pam Tracey (C, Westgate) said: "We need bollards to stop this happening again."

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