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Squatters move in to derelict house

PUBLISHED: 15:14 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:21 11 August 2010

CONCERNED residents held an emergency meeting after a large group of squatters moved into a derelict building. According to residents of the Great Fleet Estate on Thames View, Barking, a group of 20 people have broken into a derelict four-bedroom counci

CONCERNED residents held an emergency meeting after a large group of squatters moved into a derelict building.

According to residents of the Great Fleet Estate on Thames View, Barking, a group of 20 people have broken into a derelict four-bedroom council building opposite the estate.

One resident, Julie Monroe, said: "They are going through our wheelie bins.

"It's very intimidating because they're actually trespassing onto our properties and take whatever people leave outside."

She said police have warned people to watch their pets. One of the squatters had threatened to take a resident's dog unless she gave him food.

Another householder, Lynn Abbs, said: "We were just going round in circles at the meeting. Police say they can't do anything and that it's a civil matter, so we can't call the police if they trespass.

"It could take four weeks to get an eviction order. Until then, we have to live with it."

A spokesperson for the council said: "The Council is aware of the points raised.

"Legal papers are being prepared and we plan to serve an eviction order on the squatters as soon as permission is granted by the Courts.

"As well as evicting them from the premises they are now occupying, the council will seek an order excluding the group from all council property.


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