TRAVELLERS have moved in to a sports centre's car park reportedly causing chaos for nearby schools, and a pre school.

The group of caravans appear to have pitched up yesterday evening at Bicester Leisure Centre off Queens Avenue.

It is believed the encampment has parked up at the back of the leisure centre car park, opposite Brookside Primary School and Jack and Jill Pre School.

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The leisure centre is also on the same road as St Mary's RC Primary School, Bicester Studio School and The Bicester School.

A number of parents have reported the disruption it caused this morning during drop-off times for the nearby schools.

The Oxford Times:

It is believed the encampment is at the back of the leisure centre car park

Bicester Leisure Centre is open but has issued the following statement on its Facebook page.

The post said: "Please be aware that Bicester Bowl will be closed today, and that when using the facilities you may experience disruption when using the shared car park for schools, or our centre.

"We would like to assure you that we are working closely with the local authority, and Thames Valley Police to follow the correct procedures when handling the situation with the unauthorised encampment in our shared car park to make the process as smooth as possible and will aim to keep our members updated along the way."