EVICTED travellers have been thwarted in their attempts to set up camp in a village school, Uttoxeter News can reveal.
Several gipsy families locked themselves into the Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood car park to avoid eviction on Monday.
With bailiffs appointed by the National Trust unable to remove their unwelcome visitors, police were called in to finish the job.
The evicted itinerants immediately travelled to Marchington, where they tried to set up camp on St Peter's First School's playing fields.
Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey told the Advertiser lessons learned from July's traveller 'invasion' in Uttoxeter allowed his team to disperse them quickly.
He said: "We received reports of travellers trying to access land adjacent to Marchington Village Hall.
"My officers attended swiftly and were able to prevent that land becoming an illegal site.
"We used the powers available to us, along with negotiations with a senior member of the group, and they agreed to move on.
"We've since been patrolling the area to give reassurance to both the travellers and local residents.
"We said we'd learned lessons after dealing with the group who moved into Uttoxeter in July and I think how quickly we've resolved this situation is proof of that."
Seven caravans were later spotted on Marchington's Silver Lane playing fields but police said they had now left the village.
Several have set up on a grass verge at the Doveridge turn-off next to the A50 roundabout outside Sudbury.
Eleven caravans had initially moved on to the Sudbury cricket pitch, which is leased to Sudbury Parish Council, on Tuesday of last week and were evicted by National Trust bailiffs on Friday.
However, despite complying with the order, they and other vehicles immediately returned.
National Trust chiefs have spent all weekend negotiating and finally issued notice for them to leave on Monday.
Jenny Layfield, general manager at Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood, said: "Throughout the process we worked closely with the parish council, our donor family, a local farmer, bailiffs and local police.
"We also maintained an open and friendly dialogue with the travellers, who understood our need to take the measures we had to take.
"Thanks to the local support, we were able to take swift action and with the help of Derbyshire police we were able to ensure a peaceful resolution.
"Both the National Trust land and that leased by the parish council have been secured and longer term measures will be put in place to prevent the traveller community from setting set up residence again.”
Uttoxeter News reported extensively on travellers who set up camp at Uttoxeter's racecourse, leisure centre and Dovefields Industrial Estate in July.
Their behaviour, which was cited as 'intimidating', included gipsy children defecating on the land at their parents' behest.