Vehicles begin to leave illegal festival

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A hippie 'policeman' with a baseball bat walking on Yew Tree Hill, near Newtown, Powys, where hundreds of travellers remained yesterday after a weekend festival. They were served notice under the Public Order Act to leave the site, but the notice, which had been pinned to a fence, was torn up, put into a plastic bag and returned to the police. However, a stream of departing vehicles last night indicated that the land would soon be vacated. A police spokesman said: 'They're heading in all directions, and those remaining will be given reasonable time to move out.' Police said that 111 arrests - mainly for drug and traffic offences - had been made since the illegal festival began at the weekend.

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