A group of travellers have set up camp in Woodford and police were at the scene this morning.

Redbridge Council is looking into its options and will likely make use of its new injunction against illegal encampments.

The caravans are parked up not far from Churchill’s statue on Woodford Green and police are at the site attempting to disperse the encampment.

The council’s injunction means the travellers could face a hefty fine or even imprisonment if they fail to comply with the order and move on.

The injunction was brought in earlier this summer and its introduction has coincided with a large reduction in the number of encampments found across the borough this summer.

Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal hailed the injunction as a success earlier this month.

Cllr Stephen Adams, of Churchfields ward, is looking into whether or not the council can bring its injunction to bear in this situation.

He said: “We are working with local residents, Metropolitan Police, Epping Forest Constables and Redbridge Council to get the situation amicably resolved.

“I have been speaking to many local residents to assure them that all is in hand. I’m thank the authorities for responding quickly when the settlers arrived early this morning.

“I have been informed that the Epping Forest Constables plan to move the travellers on, supported by the police, following an eviction notice.”

A City of London Corporation spokesman said: “We are aware that a number of travellers set up a temporary camp on Woodford Green.

"Our team of staff on site responded quickly and worked closely in partnership with Redbridge Council, the Metropolitan Police and social services to move the travellers on. They left the site peacefully within a few hours.”

The Metropolitan Police has been contacted for comment.