Travellers have caused havoc in Billericay tonight, reportedly damaging a police car and camping up on Sun Corner.

Reports on social media have told how the group smashed through a police blockade and hit a police car.

Up to 13 caravans have now pitched up on Sun Corner.

Councillor Andrew Schrader said: “Councillors are on top of the situation... but of course the travellers have chosen a Bank Holiday to do this.”

Many people have been expressing their dismay on the Billericay Discussion Facebook page.

One said: “I’m not surprised the gate is always open, just sitting waiting for travellers to drive in at their leisure.”