A TRAVELLERS encampment has been set up at a crematorium only a month after another one was ordered to leave.

Caravans have parked at Howe Bridge Crematorium on Lovers Lane in Atherton on Monday afternoon.

Wigan Council are aware of the encampment and are working with the relevant organisations to obtain the authorisation to move the travellers.

Assistant director of environmental services at the council Paul Barton said: “We have served an eviction notice to the travellers on Howe Bridge cemetery and if they have not left the site by Thursday, the bailiffs will be instructed to evict them.

"We are disappointed that this location has been targeted again, which is extremely insensitive to grieving families and relatives.

 “We did install some defensive measures and a height barrier following the first encampment, however, the original location of the barrier needed to be changed to accommodate funeral directors accessing the crematorium. 

"Further work is underway to include extra fencing. 

"We hope to have this work done as quickly as possible to protect the cemetery in future for our residents.”