A burnt bike, felled trees, used toilet tissue, dog food and cut up playing fields were just some of the things found when we walked the traveller site.
A small section of the Alyn Waters park has been left in a mess after travellers were removed from the site at around 6:30pm. When Wrexham.com returned to the site around 6:45pm (after agreeing to leave earlier alongside other media) a new padlock had been put on the gate to the field. We were also happy to see people taking part in an exercise group and enjoying the late evening sunshine!
We took a walk across the field where the travellers had camped on for the past ten days to see how much damage had been caused to the site. We also walked along the length of the associated tree line.
One local concern surrounded the state of the newly lined football pitches on the site. As below there is evidence of the reported donutting of cars, plus deep scores that have been cut into the pitches themselves. The image below includes the white lines of the football pitch showing where some of the damage has been caused.
Alongside the deep cuts, there are also tyre marks across the field, showing the routes on and off the fields, and again suggesting that donutting across the field has taken place.
Walking along the hedgerow the grass is largely flattened, and we found various bits of equipment, rubbish and human and animal waste.
We had reports that trees had been felled, and there were two piles of freshly cut wood with some that had been used to make a fire.
Bizarrely in one fire there was a burnt out childs bike.
There was a large amount of animal related material left, including patches of dog food, sawdust, bones and excrement. There was also similar human waste, and unidentified items such as the above that looked like blood (above).
Some residents told us, and we also observed, waste being flung into the wooded area and bushes behind the site. It appeared as though hedges had been flattened to gain access further into the trees.
Several bin bags were visible in both the treeline , bushes and in the field itself. Also scattered across the park and near the trees was general waste, including cans, takeaway boxes, food waste, clothes and even a few children’s toys.
A panorama of the park now returning to its natural beauty can be found below hopefully:
This evening Inspector Nick Evans from North Wales Police got in touch with us to tell us “A few of the caravans have moved to Abenbury. Police and the council are aware.”