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UPDATE: Travellers leave site after Lidl send bailiffs to Porcupine pub in Mottingham

PUBLISHED: 14:39 24 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:39 24 August 2016

The Porcupine pub on Mottingham Road

The Porcupine pub on Mottingham Road

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The travellers set up at the closed-down pub on Monday night

Workmen spotted at The Porcupine in 2013Workmen spotted at The Porcupine in 2013

A group of travellers have left the site of the Porcupine pub in Mottingham, after setting up in the derelict site earlier this week.

The group reportedly set up at the now-closed Porcupine pub in Mottingham on Monday evening.

By Tuesday, Lidl, which owns the land, sent bailiffs to the site on Mottingham road to serve an eviction notice.

The pub was closed in 2013 and was sold off to the German supermarket.

A group of local residents formed the Porcupine Development Group to try and get the pub back up and running, after Lidl’s bids to demolish the site were rejected.

Ted Rowlands from the group said he was not surprised by the travellers moving in.

He said: “I’m not really particularly surprised, it had been left empty for a long, long time and the travellers have to live somewhere.

“Something needs to be done with the site, Lidl have put the site on the market and the Porcupine Development Group are starting to put plans together, but its a community effort.”

Following the arrival of the travellers, the discount chain has since sent bailiffs onto the site, on Mottingham Road.

A spokesperson for Lidl said: “We were incredibly concerned to hear about the issues at our site in Mottingham.

“We were made aware of trespassers on the site late last night and immediately instructed bailiffs to serve a notice of eviction.

“We are working closely with local authority teams to ensure the land is returned in a reasonable manner and would like to reassure local residents we will be taking steps to secure the site once the trespassers have been moved on.”

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