Travellers pitch up on village green near billionaire Christian Candy's new £50m estate in Surrey

TRAVELLERS invaded a posh village green close to billionaire Christian Candy’s £50 million estate.

The group camped their caravans at Englefield Green, Surrey, less than a mile from the property tycoon’s luxury mansion and grounds.

Mr Candy has spent millions snapping up properties at the spot as he builds a sprawling neighbourhood to rival pop star Ed Sheeran’s mini-village “Sheeranville”.

Elton John and David Furnish also have a luxury 37-acre home in the area, which is close to Windsor Great Park.

Prince Andrew’s Grade-II listed country home, the Royal Lodge, is also in the leafy enclave close to where the travellers dumped their vehicles.

Nine caravans, a Range Rover and a Volkswagen Touareg worth £49,000 were among the travellers' vehicles parked on the open space over the weekend.

The travellers arrived beside a children’s playing area on Saturday, but were moved on by the council the following day.

In 2015, British businessman Mr Candy, 45, splashed out £30 million on one Surrey manor house.

He moved into the swanky home with his wife, former It Girl Emily Crompton and their four children.

The couple have spent another £20 million on four more properties nearby.

In February, Mr Candy spent £9 million on one next door mansion, which he bulldozed and turned into a driveway.

Another two mock-Tudor mansions were also knocked down, with new homes built in their place, with a swimming pool, underground gym and car park.


The billionaire has even got a £1 million property for staff, with a flood-lit tennis court, two-storey treehouse and artwork in the grounds.

But a £2million cottage close by is still owned by a couple who haven't moved despite Mr Candy's expanding empire.

Mr Candy and his younger brother Christian launched their property empire in the 1990s, snapping up their first property in Earl’s Court, London for £172,000.

They sold the one-bedroom flat 18 months later for a £50,000 profit.

Last year, travellers arrived at the same area, but were evicted a short while later.

Runnymede Council served a notice for the group to leave the green on Sunday.

A council spokesman said: “The traveller group left Englefield Green on Sunday afternoon, and the Council has not received reports of it relocating elsewhere in the borough.

“Our staff will be cleaning and securing the area.”

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