A GROUP of travellers has set up camp in a Southampton park.

The group are believed to have set up camp on Veracity Recreation Ground in Merryoak Road last night.

According to Eamonn Keogh the councillor for Peartree the council is aware of the situation.

Police were reportedly in the area overnight.

Posting on social media the Labour councillor said: "As many of you are now aware, travellers have illegally entered the Veracity by breaking the gate on Merryoak road.

"The Council is aware and will be commencing legal action later this morning to have them removed.

"I did attend the Veracity and discussed the situation with the police. A police vehicle will remain at the site tonight. I will visit again in the morning to assess what more we can do.

"There is a legal process but on this occasion, they have entered the site using criminal damage. Once they have left to the site I will ensure the protective measures on the Veracity are reviewed to ensure this is not repeated. I can only apologise for this happening again. If you need to speak to me please do so on my councillor details which are on the council website."

A police spokesperson said: "We are aware of an unauthorised encampment at the Veracity Ground in Sholing, Southampton, and will work with the landowner to seek a suitable resolution."

Last year residents complained they had "had enough" after travellers set up camp on Veracity for the fifth time in just four months.

Civic chiefs previously ordered the travellers to leave the playing fields and even installed concrete blocks to "try and prevent further access".