CONCERNS have been raised after a gypsy and traveller site sprung up on council-owned ground ahead of a horse fair this weekend.
Caravans set up camp on land in Hackworth Road, on Blackhall Colliery Industrial Estate, after gaining entry on Wednesday teatime.
One 40-year-old businessman, who didn’t wish to be named, said: “They came with a mini-digger and lifted the boulders out of the way and cut the chains on the gate to gain access.
“I don’t think it is right and they shouldn’t be able to do that.”
Authorities say they are aware and are monitoring the situation.
A statement said: “Durham County Council and Durham Constabulary have not organised or authorised an event of this nature in East Durham, however we are aware of a number of community concerns.
“As such we will continue to closely monitor the situation and to respond as necessary.
“The community can be reassured that any appropriate action will be taken to minimise the impact such an event would have in their area.”