Squatters move into former Norbury police station - and tell officers they are going nowhere

Norbury police station shut in August

Norbury police station shut in August

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Squatters last night moved into the former Norbury police station - and told officers they have no plans to leave.

About 15 trespassers broke into the disused London Road station, which the Metropolitan Police boarded up and put up for sale in September, at around 7.30pm.

Police officers called to the scene were powerless to remove the squatters, who told them they intended to remain until the force served an eviction notice. 

Entering a non-residential property without permission is not generally a crime, meaning the Metropolitan Police would need to apply for a court order to remove the squatters unless other offences are committed.

The squatters are understood to remain the building this afternoon.

A spokesman for the force: "We can confirm that on Tuesday 18 March at approximately 8.41pm police received a report of squatters in a police building in London Road, Norbury.

"On police arrival, officers spoke to the occupants who have indicated they intend to remain at the location until served with an eviction notice.

"The local Safer Neighbourhoods team have been informed and will provide reassurance to the local community and regular patrols in the area."

The station was one of three closed and put up for sale by the Met last year. 

South Norwood and Kenley police stations also shut in August under plans introduced by the under plans introduced by the London Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime.


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4:37pm Wed 19 Mar 14

ANNE GILES says...

Drag them out forcibly.
Drag them out forcibly. ANNE GILES
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10:25am Thu 20 Mar 14

Luis Pizarro says...

ANNE GILES wrote:
Drag them out forcibly.
Why? it is an empty commericial building and they are doing no harm. Even if you support the breaking of the laws of this country by illegally removing them without first seeking the legal powers to remove them, the building would still remain empty.
You are a total fool.
[quote][p][bold]ANNE GILES[/bold] wrote: Drag them out forcibly.[/p][/quote]Why? it is an empty commericial building and they are doing no harm. Even if you support the breaking of the laws of this country by illegally removing them without first seeking the legal powers to remove them, the building would still remain empty. You are a total fool. Luis Pizarro
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1:32pm Thu 20 Mar 14

ANNE GILES says...

Luis Pizarro wrote:
ANNE GILES wrote:
Drag them out forcibly.
Why? it is an empty commericial building and they are doing no harm. Even if you support the breaking of the laws of this country by illegally removing them without first seeking the legal powers to remove them, the building would still remain empty.
You are a total fool.
The building is up for sale. They can hardly sell it if squatters are there, can they? They need the money from the sale. Hopefully they'll be able to get a court order soon. Squatters need to learn how to be responsible citizens and rent or buy somewhere to live, just like the rest of us do.
[quote][p][bold]Luis Pizarro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ANNE GILES[/bold] wrote: Drag them out forcibly.[/p][/quote]Why? it is an empty commericial building and they are doing no harm. Even if you support the breaking of the laws of this country by illegally removing them without first seeking the legal powers to remove them, the building would still remain empty. You are a total fool.[/p][/quote]The building is up for sale. They can hardly sell it if squatters are there, can they? They need the money from the sale. Hopefully they'll be able to get a court order soon. Squatters need to learn how to be responsible citizens and rent or buy somewhere to live, just like the rest of us do. ANNE GILES
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