A spokesman for Lancashire Saw confirmed that the alarm was first tripped at around 9.45pm on Saturday.
Several delivery vehicles had to be turned away as negotiations took place between management and those occupying the mill.
But an agreement was reached between the site’s owners and the travellers, with police acting as mediators, and the convoy moved out just before noon yesterday.
Funny, I thought they were there to enforce the law. Perhaps of everyone who loses out to these parasites withheld their police precept amount from council tax, it might concentrate minds?
Later a company spokesman said: “We’ve lost half a day’s trading already – and not much will be done this afternoon with everyone still talking about what’s gone on.
“We have saw mills in Scotland, South Wales and London who rely upon us and if we had been out of action for three or four days then it would have cost some of our customers millions. It is a very niche market and we have invested a great deal to manufacture superior saw blades.
“It has been a nightmare but the police made us aware of some legislation where they may be able to remain on site but could not prevent us from going about our lawful business. But we run four lorries out of here so there was no way we could gain access to the yard with all of their caravans and vehicles parked outside. So they eventually had to move out.”
Staff have also been left with rubbish to clear up, he added.
Of course they have, because that’s what these folk do, and as long as the authorities get their taxes they don’t much care what inconvenience & loss the public are faced with.
In that respect, how exactly does one tell the difference between the blackmailers, and those who facilitate the blackmail.?
The travellers initially relocated to the rear car park at Tesco, further along Gorse Street. The same caravans were also spotted later on land off Burnley Road.
Insp Jon Fryer said: “An agreement was reached between the land owners and travellers, which saw everyone vacate the site by midday.”
To go somewhere else, and do the same to other long-suffering members of the public. But I’m sure Fryer sleeps soundly in his taxpayer-funded bed.