Ground staff furious over field damage

Aug 16 2005

By The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

TRAVELLERS have been blamed for damaging sports fields in Huddersfield.

At least 35 families have set up camp on the playing fields off Leeds Road.

And they have been accused of damaging football and cricket pitches, with vehicles including quad bikes being driven across the fields.

There are now at least 35 caravans plus many cars and vans on the big sporting complex.

Their caravans meant that a training session planned by Huddersfield Giants had to be moved, as did coaching for youngsters in the Huddersfield Town Academy.

Ground maintenance staff based at the playing fields have seen their hard work damaged. They had spent hours working on the pitches after the Yorkshire Cup soccer tournament earlier this month, ready for the start of the new soccer season.

One soccer official who visited the complex said: "It is a disgrace.

"They have driven caravans, vans and lorries right across the sports fields and there are tyre tracks everywhere.

"It is a real shame after all the hard work the ground staff have put in."

It is the latest in a series of issues involving gypsies at the site.

Some weeks ago, Kirklees Council was left with a bill of thousands of pounds to clean up the mess left behind by the travellers.

A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: "We are aware of the situation and have started the necessary legal proceedings to evict the travellers at the earliest opportunity."

I could bet my bottom dollar that those "gypsies" are not Gypsies but are in fact Irish tinks. But use the two words, gypsies and travellers in one article together and in the mind of the sheeple it will, yet again, be all Gypsies that do those things. At the risk of flogging a dead horse I shall make it clear once again that the Irish Travellers are NOT Gypsy as they are not part of the ethnic group of the Romani. Period! Dosta!