TRAVELLERS have spent a week causing havoc in Hyndburn - before ending up at their favourite site.
And that means more misery for residents living near Commercial Street, Church, who say they are at the end of their tether.
The travellers, not thought to be genuine gypsies, first set up camp on the playing fields at Mount Carmel RC High School in Wordsworth Road, Accrington, last Friday.
After staying there over the weekend they moved on to land owned by Express Gifts, Henry Street, Church, on Monday evening.
After police had been called in to talk to them, they were on the move again the following night - to Commercial Street where residents were plagued by an illegal camp over the summer.
A furious resident of nearby Walmsley Close said: "Six caravans have arrived but I don't think they are the same travellers who were here before.
"The council hadn't even cleaned up from last time they were here. There is still a burned-out caravan and loads of debris.
"We are angry that the site wasn't blocked off to stop them getting back on. They were talking of re-opening the road at one stage."
She added: "The last lot of travellers made our lives hell. We had to call out the police one night when they had a full-scale brawl among themselves.
"And the kids were going 'fishing' - sticking rods through people's letterboxes to see what they could hook up."
A spokesman for Express Gifts said the group had blocked off a pathway used by workers to get to the factory.
He said: "This has been a problem in the past and we put bollards up in a bid to prevent it happening again."
Workers arrived on Wednesday morning to find the travellers gone and more security measures will now be put in place.
One mum-of-three, who did not want to be named, said she was worried about her children's safety after seeing the group at Mount Carmel.
She said: "There are a lot of children around here who play on the field when they are not in school. You can't leave anything outside because it might be stolen."
While the travellers were at Mount Carmel, Councillor Pam Barton said: "It's a school playing field and they are damaging the grounds with their cars. They have quite a big four-wheel drive. I took 100 bin-bags and asked them not to litter."
All summer groups have been spotted at various sites throughout Hyndburn and Lancashire County Council has had to obtain court orders to move them.
Hyndburn councillor John Broadley said: "This is becoming a nuisance. Every time we go to court it costs £1,000. This summer we have spent £6,000 on court orders."
Hyndburn MP Greg Pope is campaigning for councils and police to be given more powers to deal with the itinerants.
He said: "I am extremely frustrated by the actions of this group. They are making life miserable for the people of Hyndburn. People are being intimidated by them and it's costing taxpayers a lot of money."
Hyndburn Council manages the official Altham gypsy site, off Whinney Hill Road, on behalf of Lancashire County Council and also licences a number of other sites for travellers.