Traffic chaos as more than 200 vehicles join funeral procession for traveller funeral

Star readers reported long delays

Star readers reported long delays

First published in News

TRAFFIC was brought to a standstill on the East Lancs after more thna 200 vehicles joined a procession for a traveller funeral at the crematorium.

People were warned to avoid Windle Island between 2pm and 3pm on Tuesday (July 22) following reports that a convoy of mourners would be attending the service.

The incident also provoked interest among Star readers online and via social media, with some explaining that they had been stuck in traffic longer than expected.

Readers reported seeing the police helicopter above and a large presence of officers on the ground.

A spokesman from Merseyside Police said: "Prior to the funeral procession that passed through the Rainford area, Merseyside Police was advised by the funeral directors that the procession would consist of about 50 vehicles. A contingency plan was developed on this basis in partnership with the local authority.

"When the funeral procession reached the Rainford by-pass it numbered in excess of 200 vehicles.

"The increase in the number of vehicles involved caused traffic congestion in the area and the force worked closely with the local authority to minimise the disruption caused to the local community and any motorists in the area with traffic updates provided."

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10:21am Wed 23 Jul 14

lawman2004 says...

Funny how the law and the authorities will bend over backwards for certain groups whilst dismissing the fears and problems of others.....
Funny how the law and the authorities will bend over backwards for certain groups whilst dismissing the fears and problems of others..... lawman2004
  • Score: 60

11:01am Wed 23 Jul 14

suttonboy says...

Why have we as a town become overrun with this particular section of society? I'd love to know how much of my tax gets spent on policing them, arresting them, observing them with helicopters and cleaning up after them?
Why have we as a town become overrun with this particular section of society? I'd love to know how much of my tax gets spent on policing them, arresting them, observing them with helicopters and cleaning up after them? suttonboy
  • Score: 58

12:25pm Wed 23 Jul 14

suzannah q says...

These past few years there has been an influx of them...nothing against them as i know afew and they seem ok but others are bad. I live in Earlestown and my uncle whos not all there in his head is harmless and sits on the market on nice days and the young girls from this lot bully him, theyve even slapped him afew time and video'd it..ive chased them many a time amd reported them to the police and they have done nothing. They do seem to get special treatment and it sickens me.
These past few years there has been an influx of them...nothing against them as i know afew and they seem ok but others are bad. I live in Earlestown and my uncle whos not all there in his head is harmless and sits on the market on nice days and the young girls from this lot bully him, theyve even slapped him afew time and video'd it..ive chased them many a time amd reported them to the police and they have done nothing. They do seem to get special treatment and it sickens me. suzannah q
  • Score: 31

4:54pm Thu 24 Jul 14

MrBenggo says...

Suzannah,
I too live in Earlestown,and I fully agree with you about the police in Earlestown,in fact I would go further and label them as useless.
Suzannah, I too live in Earlestown,and I fully agree with you about the police in Earlestown,in fact I would go further and label them as useless. MrBenggo
  • Score: 10

11:15am Sat 26 Jul 14

garethpjones says...

I think the travellers stay in St Helens because they feel they have more in common with the local community and share many characteristics typically found amongst St Helens folk; appearance, living and social conditions, and general out look on life.
I think the travellers stay in St Helens because they feel they have more in common with the local community and share many characteristics typically found amongst St Helens folk; appearance, living and social conditions, and general out look on life. garethpjones
  • Score: -8

12:15pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Scotchlass@hotmail.co.uk says...

One law for them, i hate them!
One law for them, i hate them! Scotchlass@hotmail.co.uk
  • Score: 7

2:18pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Hughwithaview says...

garethpjones wrote:
I think the travellers stay in St Helens because they feel they have more in common with the local community and share many characteristics typically found amongst St Helens folk; appearance, living and social conditions, and general out look on life.
I know St Helens has gone down the pan in many ways and there are a lot of rough and ready folk walking it's streets but would you mind speaking for yourself!

There are still some decent born and bred St Helens people who have nothing whatsoever in common with travellers (and I not saying they are all bad anyway)

Your view of characteristics "typically found amongst St Helens folk" reminds me of the film Deliverance. If any of my neighbours start playing "Duelling Banjos" I'm out of here!
[quote][p][bold]garethpjones[/bold] wrote: I think the travellers stay in St Helens because they feel they have more in common with the local community and share many characteristics typically found amongst St Helens folk; appearance, living and social conditions, and general out look on life.[/p][/quote]I know St Helens has gone down the pan in many ways and there are a lot of rough and ready folk walking it's streets but would you mind speaking for yourself! There are still some decent born and bred St Helens people who have nothing whatsoever in common with travellers (and I not saying they are all bad anyway) Your view of characteristics "typically found amongst St Helens folk" reminds me of the film Deliverance. If any of my neighbours start playing "Duelling Banjos" I'm out of here! Hughwithaview
  • Score: 11

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