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Gypsy caravans seized by police

Emergency vehicles outside Withybeds Gypsy Camp
Emergency services were called to the scene after the disturbance

Six caravans and a 4x4 vehicle were seized after "significant violence" at a gypsy site in Powys, police have revealed.

Four people were given fixed penalty notices after 19 travellers were arrested at the Withy Beds camp in Welshpool on Sunday.

Officers said the caravans were at the camp illegally, while the £20,000 4x4 was found to contain red diesel.

Around 30 people were involved in the "serious public order incident".

Chief Superintendent Steve Hughson said: "Police continue to work with the local authority and the community to ensure that Powys continues to be a safe place to live.

"Dyfed-Powys Police will not tolerate violent activity in our county."

Police worked with Powys council in seizing the caravans and vehicle.

There was a large police presence at the site on Sunday afternoon, including the Dyfed-Powys force helicopter, as travellers from Welshpool and Oxford were arrested for violent disorder.

A road diversion was also put in place around the site and police stayed at the scene overnight.

A recovery firm was called in to collect vehicles from the scene.



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