Eastern Europeans install kitchen appliances and bed at disused Harrow Borough Council toilet in Whitchurch Lane, Stanmore

Squatters turn public toilet into makeshift flat

Officers found a bed wedged into the corner of what used to be the men’s urinal

Frying pans were left on the cooker and hob.

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Squatters who broke into a disused public toilet turned it into a makeshift flat.

A group of eastern Europeans set up a bed, stove and installed plug sockets in the abandoned toilet block in Whitchurch Lane, Edgware.

When Harrow Borough Council officers and police raided the derelict building last Wednesday, they were forced to use bolt cutters to gain access.

Inside, they found a bed wedged into the corner of what used to be the men’s urinals as well as a cooker, fridge and microwave.

Clothes were hung on washing lines and frying pans were left on the hob.

Nobody was n the building, but papers examined by police at the scene suggest the occupants were Romanian.

The 1960s block is due to be auctioned by the council on Wednesday and has since been boarded up.

Cllr Susan Hall, leader of Harrow Council, said: “This was a public convenience, but it was not meant to be quite that convenient for the squatters who have evidently turned into a one bedroom flat.

“What this shows is that the pressures of Eastern European migration are rippling out into suburbia. People may be desperate to resort to these measures, but this is a building the council needs to sell to put money into services.

“As it is, the taxpayer is going to be left spending more than a penny to repair the damage done at this site.”

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2:40pm Mon 10 Feb 14

SeaBee says...

It should fetch £350000 - £450000 on the open market.
It should fetch £350000 - £450000 on the open market. SeaBee
  • Score: 1

2:43pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Such a sad state of affairs.Stressful for the Local Authority and partners Let's hope we don't experience more such incidents.
Such a sad state of affairs.Stressful for the Local Authority and partners Let's hope we don't experience more such incidents. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -1

3:05pm Mon 10 Feb 14

DJFearRoss says...

These are the stories the liberal elite don't want you know. Romania is economically vastly different to Western European and even some Eastern European countries. Yet the EU objective is to create ONE European country under one empire.
These are the stories the liberal elite don't want you know. Romania is economically vastly different to Western European and even some Eastern European countries. Yet the EU objective is to create ONE European country under one empire. DJFearRoss
  • Score: 2

4:37pm Mon 10 Feb 14

BanjoMcBanj says...

"and were forced to use bolt butters to gain access."

Sounds slippery.
"and were forced to use bolt butters to gain access." Sounds slippery. BanjoMcBanj
  • Score: -1

6:01pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Husain Akhtar says...

Romanians found everywhere - wonder if any heat-seeking devices deployed by the environment services on its 'action day' could be of further help in detecting more Romanians!
Romanians found everywhere - wonder if any heat-seeking devices deployed by the environment services on its 'action day' could be of further help in detecting more Romanians! Husain Akhtar
  • Score: -5

3:04pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Roadstar says...

These Toilets just sold for a whopping £410,000.00
These Toilets just sold for a whopping £410,000.00 Roadstar
  • Score: 4

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