Squatter threatens to jump from rooftop during police standoff

One arrest: Police closed the road immediately

One arrest: Police closed the road immediately

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A squatter staged a rooftop protest and a bailiff was arrested after a stand-off in Richmond on Wednesday afternoon.

The bailiff, a 30-year-old man, was arrested after letting himself into the commercial building, 127-133 Sheen Road, by putting his hand through a letterbox to undo a latch.

The arrest came after the road was closed in both directions, causing major traffic problems, after a squatter locked himself on the roof of the three-storey building, threatening to jump unless people left.

Police arrived at 3.54pm to find squatters and bailiffs in dispute.

Squatting in a commercial property became a civil matter under Section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

The one-man rooftop protest took place at 4.30pm, with police closing Sheen Road in both directions within minutes.

London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade were both called.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “The squatter came down from the roof by 5.30pm and told police he had not really intended to jump.

“The bailiffs from Kent did not have a sufficient order to enter the building and were asked to leave by police.

“A bailiff who accessed the building via the letterbox a few hours later was arrested at 7pm for entering by force.

“He was taken to Kingston police station and has been bailed to return at a later date.”

The road closure caused major disruption to traffic and buses.

The squatters presently remain inside the building, according to police.

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8:54pm Thu 20 Feb 14

G_Whiz says...

No wonder people are losing patience with the Police. They don't arrest squatters for breaking in and fall for their 'we found an open window excuse every time'. And when the building owners instruct a bailiff they arrest him instead.

pathetic.
No wonder people are losing patience with the Police. They don't arrest squatters for breaking in and fall for their 'we found an open window excuse every time'. And when the building owners instruct a bailiff they arrest him instead. pathetic. G_Whiz
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10:20pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Dr Krepz says...

G_Whiz wrote:
No wonder people are losing patience with the Police. They don't arrest squatters for breaking in and fall for their 'we found an open window excuse every time'. And when the building owners instruct a bailiff they arrest him instead.

pathetic.
so you condemn the squatter for breaking in, with no evidence at all, and you excuse the bailiff, despite him being the one who ACTUALLY broke in? nice logic there, mate.
[quote][p][bold]G_Whiz[/bold] wrote: No wonder people are losing patience with the Police. They don't arrest squatters for breaking in and fall for their 'we found an open window excuse every time'. And when the building owners instruct a bailiff they arrest him instead. pathetic.[/p][/quote]so you condemn the squatter for breaking in, with no evidence at all, and you excuse the bailiff, despite him being the one who ACTUALLY broke in? nice logic there, mate. Dr Krepz
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1:53pm Fri 21 Feb 14

G_Whiz says...

Dr Krepz wrote:
G_Whiz wrote:
No wonder people are losing patience with the Police. They don't arrest squatters for breaking in and fall for their 'we found an open window excuse every time'. And when the building owners instruct a bailiff they arrest him instead.

pathetic.
so you condemn the squatter for breaking in, with no evidence at all, and you excuse the bailiff, despite him being the one who ACTUALLY broke in? nice logic there, mate.
Every squatter breaks in! Unless naivety has really taken you over!

The building owners instructed the bailiffs, What the building owners say goes - That's why squatting laws are changing again.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Krepz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]G_Whiz[/bold] wrote: No wonder people are losing patience with the Police. They don't arrest squatters for breaking in and fall for their 'we found an open window excuse every time'. And when the building owners instruct a bailiff they arrest him instead. pathetic.[/p][/quote]so you condemn the squatter for breaking in, with no evidence at all, and you excuse the bailiff, despite him being the one who ACTUALLY broke in? nice logic there, mate.[/p][/quote]Every squatter breaks in! Unless naivety has really taken you over! The building owners instructed the bailiffs, What the building owners say goes - That's why squatting laws are changing again. G_Whiz
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7:08pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Twickenham Bob says...

Many people are forced into Squatting as the welfare state safety is being dismantled by the Tory party, but nationally and locally.

You now often see people sleeping rough in Richmond, and even on boats on the river. Quite a few are sleeping on make-shift shelters on old rotten hulls / boats along the tow path between Richmond & Twickenham.

The bottom line is that elected Tory MPs & Councillors don't care is people die in the gutter as long as it can fund a tax cut.
Many people are forced into Squatting as the welfare state safety is being dismantled by the Tory party, but nationally and locally. You now often see people sleeping rough in Richmond, and even on boats on the river. Quite a few are sleeping on make-shift shelters on old rotten hulls / boats along the tow path between Richmond & Twickenham. The bottom line is that elected Tory MPs & Councillors don't care is people die in the gutter as long as it can fund a tax cut. Twickenham Bob
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