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Overcrowded Barking ex-police station housed up to 30 people

PUBLISHED: 14:30 08 September 2015 | UPDATED: 14:30 08 September 2015

Police and housing officers raided the ex-police station on Ripple Road on Friday

Police and housing officers raided the ex-police station on Ripple Road on Friday

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Evidence has been found of 30 people living in five rooms in a former police station.

Barking and Dagenham Council’s housing enforcement officers raided the Ripple Road building on Friday and will be speaking to the owners as part of an investigation.

Cabinet member for crime and enforcement, Cllr Laila Butt, said it was part of the council’s relentless war on rogue landlords.

“We will not tolerate overcrowding in Barking and Dagenham and anyone making a mint out of others’ misery,” she said.

Deputy Borough Commander, Supt Sean Wilson, said: “The excellent work by the local authority has ensured that this venue can no longer be used for illicit purposes.”

If you suspect a landlord of illegal letting, call 020 8724 8898.


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