Residents in a leafy Solihull village claim they are being plagued with vandalism and harassment after a group of travellers parked up on a local playing field.
The group arrived in Chadwick End in 16 caravans last Sunday after gaining entry to the privately-owned field which lies behind the village hall and playground.
Locals claim the group has already caused disharmony with rubbish strewn at the entrance to the popular playground and white paint thrown over its basketball court and nearby grassy area.
Jarek Witalec, assistant manager at the Orange Tree pub, in Warwick Road, claimed the group, which includes a large gathering of children, were a nuisance and had harassed villagers.
He said: “The children have been coming to the pub constantly to use the toilets and when the manager put a sign up telling them not to, they swore at her and said she was racist.
“One of them then dropped his trousers in front of her.
“An elderly lady who lives by the field was looking for her cat on Sunday night and some of the children were abusive to her. We just want them to go.”
Hilary Goodreid is the clerk at Chadwick End parish council.
She said they had been working closely with the police and Solihull Council to remove the travellers and to ensure their welfare.
Meriden MP Caroline Spelman added: “I support efforts by the council and the local community to get the travellers removed from this unauthorised site in Chadwick End.
The council has created more capacity for travellers on authorised sites so there is no need for this to happen. I want to assure residents that we are all doing everything we can to make sure the travellers are moved on.”
A spokesman for Solihull Council said: “We are working closely with Chadwick End Parish Council to advise and support them to ensure that the travelling community are moved on as quickly as possible.”