by David Asker
10:25 AM, 28th January 2016, About 6 years ago
As we launch our new eBook on the eviction of squatters, trespassers and activists from land and commercial property, we take a look at some of the more unusual circumstances we have come across in the course of squatter evictions.
Here are the ones that stand out the most for us:
– Squatters who left a gas cylinder on a heated electric ring, just waiting to explode as we cleared the building
– A protester on the roof throwing tiles down onto our agents, while his fellow squatters shouted at him to jump – who needs enemies with friends like that! We talked him down
– On clearing a group of trespassers from land, a huge pile of beer cans, right next to a sign that said “no drinks or drugs”. The trespasser we asked about it told us it was because they “cause trouble” – as he took another swig from the beer can in his hand
– Squatters in an old empty hospital building ripping the asbestos lagging off copper pipes to remove the copper – with no protective equipment whatsoever
– Protesters standing for hours on a high and narrow beam above the doorway, until they were eventually persuaded to come down
– Squatters in an empty pub where they have pulled out the electrics in a flooded basement – how they got away without being electrocuted is incredible
– A group of protesters camped outside Margaret Thatcher’s old constituency office in Finchley – years after the poll tax was abandoned
– Squatters in a property in East London who set up CCTV so they would see us coming. We managed to by-pass it and regain the element of surprise
– Using our water-based method of entry team to secure the river bank of a Thames-side property – zipping up the river in a Zodiac rib felt quite “James Bond”
– Squatters who were after a life of luxury, so they moved into a ten bedroom £10 million house in North London (before squatting in residential premises became illegal in 2012)
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