Caravans broke a fence and took over a village park and set up camp.

Over a dozen caravans, motorhomes and cars parked on fields and paths in Adur Park in Stone Cross near Eastbourne to set up their temporary home.

The caravans reportedly arrived in the village yesterday evening and were shortly met by police officers.

A force spokesman said they were liaising with the council over the unauthorised encampment and criminal damage.

Aerial photographs of the scene show over a dozen vehicles parked near a path in the park and strewn across the field, managed by Westham Parish Council.

Caravans in Adur ParkCaravans in Adur Park (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

Sussex Police officers attended the scene yesterday evening to speak to the campers.

The caravan drivers are reported to have broken a fence as they made their way into the park.

A spokesman for the force said: "Police were made aware of an unauthorised encampment and linked criminal damage at Adur Park, Stone Cross on Sunday, June 10.

"We are working closely with East Sussex County Council to monitor and resolve the situation.

"The public are encouraged to report any crime or suspicious activity to us online or by calling 101. Always call 999 in an emergency."

The camp comes less than a week after around 20 caravans took over Preston Park in Brighton.

Deck chairs and umbrellas were set up outside motorhomes in the city centre park and dogs were left to run free alongside the A23.