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    Unwelcome visitors

    I played in an Open comp at a nearby golf club on Friday, on arrival there was a small group of "travellers" in the car park who we learned had turned up on Thursday night. After we had finished our round they had left, leaving an almighty mess for a one night stop. Yesterday the exact same group appeared in our club car park, coincidence or is it a ploy to extort money from golf clubs, pay us ££ and we'll leave?
    Anybody else had this at their club?
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    Re: Unwelcome visitors

    No, but why would you pay them to leave? It's a private car park and they have no right to be there. The golf club could just call the police, if they refuse to leave.
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    Re: Unwelcome visitors

    Quote Originally Posted by Capella View Post
    No, but why would you pay them to leave? It's a private car park and they have no right to be there. The golf club could just call the police, if they refuse to leave.
    its not that easy, As far as I know trespass is a civil offence, so you have to take out a court order and its not that easy to enforce if they don't want to go.
    My knowledge might be out of date though and I am sure someone will post the correct thing if I am wrong.
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    Re: Unwelcome visitors

    I believe you're right, and they know that being a bank holiday it will be Tuesday before you can even apply to the court.
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    Re: Unwelcome visitors

    Quote Originally Posted by louise_a View Post
    its not that easy, As far as I know trespass is a civil offence, so you have to take out a court order and its not that easy to enforce if they don't want to go.
    My knowledge might be out of date though and I am sure someone will post the correct thing if I am wrong.
    I'm sure you're right in England. I think it's a criminal offence in Ireland and it makes it so much easier to get them off the sites
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    Re: Unwelcome visitors

    Quote Originally Posted by louise_a View Post
    its not that easy, As far as I know trespass is a civil offence, so you have to take out a court order and its not that easy to enforce if they don't want to go.
    My knowledge might be out of date though and I am sure someone will post the correct thing if I am wrong.
    That sounded about right to me but apparently the police can now act according to this;

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    Re: Unwelcome visitors

    Quote Originally Posted by louise_a View Post
    its not that easy, As far as I know trespass is a civil offence, so you have to take out a court order and its not that easy to enforce if they don't want to go.
    My knowledge might be out of date though and I am sure someone will post the correct thing if I am wrong.
    Yip, we had them on site at work. Took almost 3/4 weeks through the legal system and cost us a decent amount of money to clear the mess that they left.

    Sorry to hear they they are on your golf club, and that they are looking to extort money out of you to leave. I hope that no damage is done to your club/course.
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    Re: Unwelcome visitors

    That's not good news. Did anyone suffer any damage to their cars or gear?

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    Re: Unwelcome visitors

    Its nothing a couple of cans of petrol cant sort out.

    More seriously, get a muck spreader in.
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    Re: Unwelcome visitors

    I'm only speculating that they are after money to leave but it seems strange that they seem to be going from golf club to golf club. So far no damage or thefts that I know about but they've only been there since yesterday afternoon.
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