ST HELENS Council says it has launched legal action after travellers ignored an eviction notice ordering them to leave a site in Newton-le-Willows.

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Residents had reported seeing around 15 caravans park up on the King George V Playing fields over the weekend.

On Monday, the council said it has been alerted to the situation and served a notice giving the travellers 24 hours to leave the site.

However, this has not happened with the council now taking the matter to the courts.

A council spokeswoman said: "We have now started legal proceedings and are awaiting a court date."