A GROUP of travellers have rebelled against orders to leave a Crewe industrial estate - setting up camp a few yards away.
A colony of 10 caravans moved on to Crewe Gates Industrial Estate on Wednesday, making a makeshift camp on a private land opposite the Audi garage.
On Bank Holiday Monday they left the site after being threatened with court action only to be found squatting on nearby Electra Way the following morning.
Now businesses on the Weston Road estate, home to many top name companies and car deal-erships, have stepped up security for fear of theft and vandalism.
Steve Brown, who runs a security business covering the estate, said: 'I have guards patrolling the estate day and night. We are working 15 to 18-hour shifts to protect business premises.
'There's a great deal of concern, particularly in the showrooms housing valuable vehicles.
'At first the travellers were on a strip of land earmarked by BMW to sell Mini cars.
'Trees have been taken down to clear the site ready for building works but the travellers moved on just as they were about to start.
'Everyone breathed a sigh of relief to see them moving on Monday night, only to find them 30ft away the next day.'
It is believed the squatters came from Arclid, Sandbach where they had a makeshift camp on the former hospital site, now private land being sold for development.
Mr Brown added: 'Last time we saw travellers here in 2000, they stayed three weeks. They seem to be flying in the face of the law.'
Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council, which has included the industrial estate in its marketing strategy to boost the image of the growing South side of Crewe, wants to see them go.
The authority's Director of Legal Services, Riddell Graham, said: 'We are aware there are a number of travellers at Electra Way.
'If the land is owned by the borough council, they will be requested to leave because the land is intended for industrial and commercial uses. If necessary, legal action in the county courts will follow.'