Travellers who set up at a church have been moved on, police have confirmed.

Yesterday, officers served notice for the illegal encampment on the green at St Mary The Virgin Parish Church, near to Asda, in Shoebury.

Essex Police said the force believes the travellers are now in Harlow.

It has sparked fury in the community as residents say the travellers left waste behind.

One said: "The travellers have gone but left a big mess behind.

"Please be careful if walking your dogs over there or letting your children play over there."