Police officers are currently on scene of a traveller encampment in Hockley.

A spokesman from Essex Police said: "Our officers are currently at Clements Hall Leisure centre, Hockley, at an unauthorised encampment, working with the centre and local authority to minimise disprution whilst procedures are followed."

Basildon Standard:

Credit: Richard Pryor 

The leisure centre had closed temporarily but has since reopened.

The travellers have been served a Section 61 notice, which is a direction to leave.

They have until 9am tomorrow to move on.

Residents have reported that travellers are still in the car park.