Travellers have quit playing fields in Salendine Nook – just minutes before bailiffs were due to evict them.

Up to 20 caravans had been parked up on the Celandine Avenue fields for almost two weeks.

But after being warned by the bailiffs that they would turn up to tow them off at 1pm today, the travellers moved on.

Rod Teale, from Teale’s recovery services in Mirfield, told how he had visited the site several times over the weekend.

There were about four caravans left at 11.30am today and the travellers insisted they would be staying put.

However when Mr Teale, a colleague and two Kirklees Council officials turned up at 1pm, the travellers were gone.

The fields, which includes a football pitch and children’s playground, have been left strewn with rubbish and rotting waste.

Empty gas cylinders, nappies and leftover takeaway food was left behind.

The pitch, used by Lindley FC first team and Mount FC second, has a hole dug into it near the allotments end and there are tyre tracks right across it.

At around the time the travellers left Celandine Avenue, more pitched up on the car park at Huddersfield YMCA at Laund Hill further up New Hey Road.

Travellers on the car park of the Huddersfield YMCA Rugby and Sports Club at Laund Hill, Huddersfield.
Travellers on the car park of the Huddersfield YMCA Rugby and Sports Club at Laund Hill, Huddersfield
 

A police community support officer was seen entering the site.