A GROUP of travellers have moved into another Oxford park-and-ride and have told council officers they are not leaving just yet.

The Thornhill site, which is owned and managed by Oxfordshire County Council, is the third park-and-ride to be occupied within a month.

Oxfordshire County Council today told the Oxford Mail it had spoken with the group who said they will be leaving 'in the next few days'.

Council spokesman Paul Smith said: "We were made aware that a group of travellers had arrived at Thornhill on Tuesday evening and we visited the site shortly after with colleague from Thames Valley Police.

"We have spoken with the travellers and believe that they will be leaving the site in the next few days and the situation can be resolved shortly.

"However we have also issued a landowners notice and code of conduct as is standard in these situations.”

Travellers rolled onto land at the other park-and-ride sites in Oxford in December.

Twenty caravans arrived on site at Water Eaton park-and-ride and about 10 caravans turned up at Pear Tree park-and-ride in North Oxford a week later.

Oxford City Council owns Pear Tree while the county council owns Water Eaton.

Last month county council spokesman Paul Smith confirmed the authority was taking legal action against the Water Eaton group.

In July, a group of travellers pitched more than 30 caravans at the Water Eaton.