TRAVELLERS who set up an illegal site in Darwen have moved 200 yards down the road before they were evicted.
Police said that the Travellers, who had pitched 60 caravans on private land in Hollins Grove Street on Thursday, had vacated the site today (Monday.
They left the wasteland, which is up for sale for £1.1 million, around lunchtime to set up a new camp in an industrial unit in Lower Eccleshill Road.
Police said that the landowners had given permission to the Travellers.
They said they will continue to work with the travellers and the Darwen community to resolve the issue.
It is understood they will leave the industrial estate, known as East Lancashire Warehouses, on Thursday.
A police spokeswoman said: “We are doing our best to work together with the landowners and Travellers to bring about a resolution.
“The travellers can stay on that site until Thursday.”
Darwen Town Council mayor said: “I want them moved off and out.
“I’m disappointed if the landowner has given permission. It is not fair on residents in the area."
Police received a number of complaints from residents when the Travellers moved into the area.
Worried residents, who said the land in Hollins Grove Street had been a locked and gated site, said they were ‘stunned’ to see the number of caravans move in on Thursday evening.
Officers sought a section 61 notice under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act to remove the travellers from the land.
Police said they have set up camp in the town after being moved from the Greater Manchester area.
It is understood they were evicted from Bolton where a number of Travellers had illegally camped in public car parks.