Neglected Leytonstone cop shop squatted with comments
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Wed Oct 13 22:08:30 BST 2010
Empty Leytonstone police station is taken over by squatters
Felix Allen - Evening Standard - 07Oct10
Squatters have taken over an empty police station
just days before it was due to be sold for redevelopment.
A group of about 20 men and women have set up
home in the building in Leytonstone High Road,
which has not been used since its closure three
years ago. The Met is trying to sell the site for
about £1.5 million by the end of this week.
Estate agents Strettons, which is handling the
sale, said the occupation was a nightmare, but
vowed to continue with a sealed bid auction that closes tomorrow.
The squatters are believed to have moved in a
week ago and have put up notices claiming legal
rights. They are thought to have electricity but
no clean water in the three-storey
One squatter, who would not give his name, said:
We've got about 20 people living here but we're
not exactly overcrowding the rooms. We're here
side by side with no rules as such, but values.
Christine Whitbread, 56, whose flat overlooks the
station, said: They've got at least three dogs
which bark at all times, and they've been coming
back really late at night and climbing on the walls.
But another local resident, Pat Howie, 61, said:
These people are using a building that's been
left scandalously empty and otherwise derelict. It can only be a good thing.
Scotland Yard said today the case had been referred to its lawyers.
Reader views (8)
'Squatting' is a means of using derelict
buildings and putting them to good use for the
greater community. Often these squatts are the
only places for homeless people to go, and if
done in a conscious fashion, they can really be a
value to the people. With a little good
intention, they can be used as Youth Centres or
meeting places, soup kitchens and a place to hold
a celebration. There are some heartless, self
obsessed people who do not want to 'see or hear'
the 'undesirables' of society, but if there were
more places for these people to go, with more
local support, then perhaps they would not be so
'undesirable' and would feel more self respect,
and a part of a community. This has endless
benefits. Noone wants to live nextdoor to an
all-night rave 7 days a week, or a bunch of
barking dogs, or a smelly dirty place... but
depending on the people living there, with a
little bit of care, consideration and
organization, these places could be of great
value... and what's the harm in having a party once a month on a Saturday??
- Chris Lowe, London, UK, 13/10/2010 11:53
This is probably not about somewhere to live for
them, it is more likely to be a party crew moving
in to run parties for [untaxed] commercial gain
and as a sales outlet for other "enterprises"
<sniff>. The site may well be tagged, trashed and
littered with drugs wraps, nitrous cartridges,
cans and broken bottles before the legal owners
are able to sell. The local authorities should
each send a representative to meet with the
police to eliminate the squat party problem. Move the filthy squatters on.
- Shut down the squats, London, 09/10/2010 00:23
They are taking the mickie.
sarah, London - "it is a myth that your house can
be squatted if you are on holiday", what of those
it has happened to? What of those who move out so
they can get the place rennovated, those who buy
a place and don't move into it next day.
All have been documented victims of property
thieves called squatters. Few (I say that because
there MAY be some isolated instances where this
isn't true) have not been faced high costs to put
right what was damaged, ransacked, stolen or just
plain ruined by these so-called squatters -
forget about the legal costs to reclaim what's
their's. How many squats have been political
statements, moving into areas of the 'haves' and
complaining that they 'have not' as their excuse,
thumbing their noses and making like its a moral
campaign for the common good rather than their own selfish self interest.
Some bleat about young homeless families, yet how
many actually live in the squats - yet there's
benefits warriors aplenty claiming all they can
for as little as they can who are.
Are all squatters low-lifes? Of course not.
There's probably a significant minority with no
other option from their perspective. The ones
making all the noise though? THEY are the
majority - THEY are the ones colouring opinion.
But even for those with nothing left - theft is
still theft. It is still legally, and more
importantly, morally wrong - especially in a
society like Britain where benefits ARE available to those really in need
- Rogan, Irving, 08/10/2010 04:03
it is a myth that your house can be squatted if
you are on holiday. this is just not true. it is
legal to squat empty properties, and the
squatters can be removed through gaining a
warrant through the courts. occupying a property
which is not empty is not considered squatting.
there are thousands of empty buildings in london,
and a huge amount of homeless people. this just
doesnt make sense. it is logical to squat and to
create housing where it is otherwise denied.
- sarah, London, UK, 07/10/2010 21:09
Weakness, as usual.
- M. John Namrah, San Diego, CA, USA, 07/10/2010 18:51
Whatever laws protect squatters should be
scrapped. Squatting is theft and vandalism, and should simply be ended.
- Oliver Chettle, Bedford, 07/10/2010 18:01
When is any Government change the law on squatting???????
On holiday it could happen to anyone tomorrow.
For thirteen years the last lot talked.
Now this new lot have taken over, TALKING ONLY
- alan, green, 07/10/2010 15:08
The cop shop's right next to The Bell pub. The
police station was squatted a couple of years ago
but I heard security guards moved them on. It
says a lot about the promised gentrification of
Leytonstone High Road before the Olympics that
something like this happens. If someone had the
courage to open a normal, clean and friendly pub
that does food they'd make a killing in E11.
There's a lot of pent up demand from young new
arrivals who don't use the pubs on the High Road
at the moment because they are absolute toilets.
- Harry Cole, Bow, 07/10/2010 13:07
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