Furious holidaymakers blast ‘I paid for a sea view and got gypsies’ after travellers pitch up at Devon seaside

FURIOUS holidaymakers have slammed travellers who pitched up at a Devon seaside – raging that they “paid for a sea view and got gypsies.”

Dozens of people have descended on the encampment on the seafront at Paignton as thousands of Brit staycationers head to the coast for breaks.

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The travellers descended onto the seafront[/caption]
Angry guests have slammed them for ruining their view[/caption]

Residents have also slammed the visitors for “ruining” their summer breaks and bringing their own inflatables on their trips.

Sun seekers visiting the Devon beach were promised sparkling sea views from their hotels, but instead got caravans.

One hotelier, who wished to stay anonymous, told the Sun: “I have several guests who paid for a sea view but they’re staring at the encampment.

“It’s disgusting really, they’ve all shown up before the bank holiday to give themselves a nice little break.

“Some of my guests who have never been here before have just assumed that there is a caravan camp out there, and I’ve had to tell them it’s an illegal encampment.

“There are dogs running free and barking, gas canisters all over the place and men with no shirts on.

“It’s terrible, no one can park their cars out there it’s horrible. I look out my window and I see caravans and not a beautiful sea view.

“We are all absolutely fed up with it, the council should be doing me. It’s terrible, it costs thousands to move them and to clean up every year it’s ridiculous.

“Locals are locking away their bikes and everything, garden equipment because they’re afraid it will go missing.

“My paying guests are looking at gypsies, rather than the view. It just doesn’t do well for tourism.”


A second added: “There are dogs barking all the time, tied to ropes and it’s what they’re trained to do but it’s not great.

“There have always been these problems but they are usually up the other end of the seafront, and leave when the fair come to town as I don’t think they get along.

“But the council have put rocks down that end now, but didn’t bother to do this end. There are enough areas about that they could be allocated one to stay in by the council.”

Locals have also claimed that the council aren’t doing enough to prevent travellers getting onto the field, despite confirmed they are going to court to reclaim the land.

Council leader Steve Darling said that the authority has “not discriminated” and there is “no hidden agenda”.

He said dislodging encampments is “almost like a military operation” and that the council has been trying all it can to “protect all sites equally”.

My paying guests are looking at gypsies, rather than the view


Speaking of another incursion, he said: “When they arrived at King George V Playing fields in Watcombe, a large vehicle was parked in front of the gates.

“The lock was broken. A third vehicle reversed into the skip that was parked across the entrance. It’s a cat and mouse game we are playing.

“What we want is an identified site – ideally on the edge of Torbay. But before we do that we need a service level agreement with the police because it can be a grey area.

“The last thing we want is to spend shed loads of money building a fit-for-purpose site for travellers, only to have the police then to say that they cannot move them on to it.

“Unfortunately in this post-Brexit world we cannot get hold of some of the materials we need to install all the hard fencing and blockades that we need to protect other areas.”

Earlier this year, a group were pictured soaking up the sun in posh Kew Green, West London.

The group set up camp in the affluent suburb, where homes sell for more than £2million, after arriving one evening with 12 caravans and other vehicles. 

And last week, residents in Cheddar, Somerset, went into “lockdown” after a Christian festival drew in 1,000 campers.

Pubs, shops and churches in the village were forced to close for the week after they were reportedly abused by revellers “causing havoc”.

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Residents have been left fuming that the caravans have ruined their breaks[/caption]
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Paignton Green is a popular area with holiydaymakers[/caption]
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The council has confirmed that they will be taking action[/caption]

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