A businessman says that travellers who invaded his warehouse in Petersfield Avenue, Slough have caused £10,000 worth of damage.

New tenants were due to move onto the site this week but the travellers had other ideas.

They smashed holes in the walls and pulled security cameras out after breaking in on Thursday night (28/7).

Tejinder Sekhon, who is director at Redsky Homes, used to run his former Redsky Wines business from the site but now rents the giant warehouse to other businesses.

Mr Sekhon was told by neighbours about the break-in and contacted the police.

A large police presence arrived Friday morning.

Mr Sekhon said the travellers had put their own lock on the gate and even put up a sign of their own to warn anyone from coming in.

But police forced their way in and ordered the traveller families to leave or face arrest. By 5pm all the caravans had gone.

Mr Sekhon praised the police. He said: "Initially I was warned I might have to get a court order. But once it became clear criminal damage was being done they acted fast and did a fine job, I'm grateful."

He said the travellers had consisted of families with children and had brought four large caravans and other vehicles onto the site.

Now he faces a major 'clean up' bill.

He said: "They have smashed a hole in the wall - I just don't know why they did that. What did they get out of it? They pulled all the security cameras out, they even tried to pull up a new carpet I had put down for the new tenants."

Piles of rubbish have also been left behind and the arrival of the new business tenants on the site must now be delayed.

A police statement said: “Thames Valley Police officers attended the site in Petersfield Avenue on Friday morning to ask a number of caravan owners to move their vehicles.

“We believe that the vehicles were parked on the land on Thursday evening."