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Travellers set up at former Co-op site in Dartford town centre

PUBLISHED: 13:29 04 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:44 04 October 2017

The traveller incursion at the former Co-op site in Hythe Street. Photo: Christina Sands

The traveller incursion at the former Co-op site in Hythe Street. Photo: Christina Sands

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Cars and caravans have been spotted at the fenced off site

Caravans have lined the former site of Dartford’s Co-op store, days before an announcement on its future is set to be made.

Eyewitnesses spotted the traveller incursion at the fenced-off piece of land on Hythe Street on Tuesday morning.

It is thought the vehicles were moved on to the site overnight.

Dartford council says it is “taking legal action” to move the trespassers off the site.

A spokesperson from Kent Police said: “Kent Police is aware of the presence of travellers on an area of land in Hythe Street, Dartford.

“Officers have attended the area and served an eviction notice under Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

“The travellers have until 3.30pm today (Wednesday October 4 ) to leave the site.”

A council spokesperson confirmed a developer for the empty site has been found by the council, with an announcement on its future expected to arrive in the coming days.

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