An operation to remove caravans and motor homes parked without permission in Eastney was successful today.

Portsmouth City Council won a court order last week telling owners of 16 vehicles in Ferry Road and Fort Cumberland Road to remove them, or risk having them taken away.

At the start of today's operation there were eight vehicles still present, but four were removed by the owners. Four others were taken away by council contractors. The council operation was supported by Hampshire Constabulary.

The four seized vehicles will be stored for seven days and, if not claimed, will be scrapped.

Cllr Dave Ashmore, Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety at the council, said: "These vehicles were on public land, which we look after on behalf of the people of Portsmouth. Many had been there for a long time. They did not have permission to be there, and they were affecting the ability of other people to use and enjoy the area. 

"We attempted to work with those on the land so this matter wouldn't have to go to court, but unfortunately this was to no avail.

"This was a well-run operation which went very smoothly."