a few reports of this, it seems the travelling community have taken a liking to alton towers over the past few years, especially the first scarefest weekend and first easter weekend.
Like others I dont want to stereotype, but there are issues when this community arrive, fighting, queue-jumping, thefts and offensive behaviour seem to be the main issues. Alton seem to be proactive to a certain extent bringing in extra security and the police, but with a group at such a large size what can they do? I suspect if they started removing some of the people it would only encourage the others to get worse.
Alton at the end of the day are a family resort, and these people seem to fail to recognise this. Alton cant exactly have someone stood at the gates saying "um, well sorry, your a traveller, you cant come in" as thats discrimination, if they went with the "suitable clothing" (ie to stop the 90% naked girls) then who gets to make the decision, what if a non traveller went in skimpy clothing?
The whole area is a mine field. I feel very sorry for alton to have this to deal with, there seems to be no actual solution I can see.
I can honestly say tho if I had turned up today with my kids and been met with this on the park we would not have stayed long, and would have made a complaint at guest services. Im glad to see guest services are being sympathetic with families, but still, its not a great advertisement is it?