Violence as squatters evicted after 13 years
Squatters who have occupied six Victorian mansion blocks worth £5 million have been forced to leave the buildings after 13 years.
A total of 75 people, including children, were removed from the flats in south London, following violent clashes with police and bailiffs.
The raid saw the end of a two year battle by the local council to evict the squatters, with some throwing yellow paint at police, setting bins on fire and shouting ‘scum’ at officers as they tried to remove them.
Two people were arrested, one for criminal damage and one for affray as squatters and protesters who had gathered to support the cause, were removed from Rushcroft Road in Brixton, south west London.
A group of ten protesters tried to resist police by chanting as bailiffs broke down doors of the buildings.
One woman, who lives in a flat on the street and pays £1,300 in rent said the eviction, which took place in the early hours of Monday, was terrifying. She told the Daily Mail: “I don’t think it’s at all fair they don’t have to pay rent, it’s a nice area.”
Lambeth Council said it had not been paid any rent for the 47 flats since 2000 and the council now plans to sell three of the blocks – which could raise £5.5 million. The council said this money will be invested in new schools, town centres and housing across Lambeth.
The remaining three blocks are expected to be used for social housing to create 22 new homes for families.