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Travellers bowl up 200 yards from World Cup cricket ground

CRICKET officials were left on a sticky wicket after 100 travellers set up home 200 yards from Edgbaston — where England play Australia in tomorrow’s World Cup semi-final.

More than 30 caravans turned up at Calthorpe Park, Birmingham.

The site is used by the cricket ground as a staff car park on match days, creating a headache ahead of the big game. The area is also a popular spot for families to enjoy picnics.

On the boundary: The travellers have moved caravans on to ground used as a car park by Edgbaston (below) PICTURES: SWNS

One resident said: ‘They are totally brazen. They just rocked up and drove straight over the kerb and the grass. It wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t put rubbish and mess everywhere.

‘The council do nothing and the travellers know this so they’ll just stay put.’

A Birmingham city council spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of them and looking into the matter.

‘The council always try to reclaim and protect our land whenever travellers arrive on public land and will take steps to recover this land where illegal encampments encroach upon it.’

Last month travellers set up camp at the home of Premiership rugby team Exeter Chiefs in Devon.

They were finally forced to leave after the club refused to cough up a £1,500 ‘ransom’ demand and got a court order.