A rugby club in Hayes says it is down thousands of pounds after travellers stormed their way through its gates during a three-day incursion.

The club also expressed its disgust after a dead dog was left abandoned in a cage.

Up to 40 caravans set up camp at its pitches in Barnet Wood Road on Friday (August 17) after cutting locks off two gates.

A spokesman for Park House Football Club said: “Two people tried to stop them but they were threatened with death.

“They also said they would set fire to our club.”

Club representatives arrived the next morning when “donuts were thrown” at their cars as they endured a tirade of abuse.

During the incursion the clubhouse was smashed into and goods taken before police removed the travellers later that day.

The club spokesman added: “There was huge rubbish left behind, human excrement and a dog who was beaten to death in a field.

“It is a complete disgrace. The police were really helpful but they were woefully undermanned.

“We are starting a campaign with our MPs next week for tougher action."

The dog was believed to be a terrier and the RSPCA has collected the remains.

Park House Football Club thanked the community for its “superb” efforts in helping with the huge clean-up operation.

It was a relentless week of traveller incursions in Bromley, which started with illegal encampments at Hayes Common and Willett Recreation Ground in Petts Wood.

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Green Street Green was the next traveller destination before further illegal takeovers of Whitehall Recreation Ground and Parkfield Way Recreation Ground.

The army of travellers then went to Norman Park before they caused havoc at the rugby club in Hayes.

Bromley Council successfully sought a High Court injunction to prevent all travellers from staying in the borough.

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Councillor Kate Lymer, executive councillor for public protection and enforcement said: "These situations often unfold and change quickly but residents can be assured that we will always follow the legal processes open to us with the High Court injunction strengthening our legal position in this regard.”

A charity called Friends, Families and Travellers slammed the council yesterday for seeking a High Court injunction and argued some travellers have no choice but to stay on illegal land.