Travelers force school to close and students are sent home after standing right outside the doors and starting a fire

TRAVELERS forced a school to send students home early when they stopped in the hallway.

The group parked their trailers right outside the gate and started a fire in their campsite.

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Travelers forced a school to close early when they parked outsideCredit: Media Wales
Barbecues and gas cylinders were seen

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Barbecues and gas cylinders were seenCredit: Media Wales
The caravans arrived on Tuesday

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The caravans arrived on TuesdayCredit: Media Wales

There are also several gas cylinders and barbecues outside Llanwern High School in Newport.

Travelers and caravans arrived directly outside on Tuesday and were still there this morning.

But the students managed to enter the school again every day.

A staff member told The Sun: “Our priority is student safety. We’ve created a patch around it.”

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Newport City Council is working with the school and liaising with Gwent Police regarding the action.

A school spokesman said: ‘Travellers have set up camp right outside the school gate.

“Camp has a fire at the moment, so in agreement with the Governors Chair, on this occasion, students have been asked to leave through the back of the school and across the SDR bridge.

“To ensure that students do not delay in returning home, they have been allowed to leave a little earlier than usual.

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“Pupils who take the bus will still be able to do so and those who will be picked up will be able to leave via reception.”

A City Council spokesman said: ‘Newport City Council is aware of the unauthorized encampment at Llanwern High School.

“The council has signed a Gwent Regional Protocol with Gwent Police and the other four councils for the management of gypsy and unauthorized traveler encampments.

“As per protocol, our officers are currently in contact with Gwent Police regarding this encampment.

“The council is also working with the school to ensure safe access to the school site for students and staff.”

Yesterday The Sun reported that a community was struggling to sleep after 30 caravans parked at the local cricket ground.

Residents said they felt threatened and called the group shameful, but travelers fought back and blamed public racism for any fear in their community.

An elderly woman who lives less than 50 yards from the park in Waterlooville, Hampshire, said she barely slept due to worry.

A young father visiting the park with his two-year-old said: “It’s messy and the kids don’t have parents to look after them.

“Our son couldn’t play because of it.”

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But father-of-four James McDonald, 40, who is staying at the park, insisted: “We’re not messing around here. People don’t understand the culture – that’s all.

“They seem to be educated enough, but they don’t seem to be listening.”

Llanwern High School closed early

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Llanwern High School closed earlyCredit: Media Wales