Travellers’ site plots in Cardington ordered to close

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Bedfordshire Police and Bedford Borough Council have secured a closure order on five plots at a traveller’s site in Cardington following reports of criminal activity.

Officers carried out a raid at the Willow Drift travellers’ site in Meadow Lane on 13 December. Nine men and four women were arrested on suspicion of drug offences and later bailed.

Read: 13 people arrested in Cardington for drug offences

The following day, Bedford Borough Council was granted a three-month property closure order for five plots at the site.

Superintendent Mark Upex, of the operation’s command team, said: “An investigation is now underway. We have a duty of care to the other residents, and to the wider local community, to ensure people can live safely, peacefully and lawfully.”

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