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Squatters on Royal Terrace


Junior Blues Coordinator⭐
Dec 27, 2007
As most of you will know, the Royal Terrace is considered one of the jewels in the crown of Southend-on-Sea as a resort, its guest houses have long proved popular and we've promoted one on here in the past, as a Southend supporting owner.

Recently, squatters moved into a vacant property that was in the process of being sold, as the old owner sold up so the squatters moved in before the new owner could do anything to safeguard the property. They represented themselves initially as a Project Manager to work on the house for the new owner, with a small team. There are now many of them holed up in there, and threatening notices were quick to appear saying no-one could take police action as it was now a civil matter, being a non-residential property.

People were dropped off outside by Mercedes cars, and admitted to swell the numbers. It was clearly all planned to the last details.

Needless to say, attempts have been made to break in to neighbouring properties. The police though, still do not appear to want to know. The squatters, I understand, have been interviewed in the Echo and the report was very much geared in their favour. Meanwhile, hard working people are having their livelihoods threatened and their guests abused. One lady guest house owner today said she had a disabled guest verbally abused by them. They can be aggressive in tone as well as downright nasty.

It all seems very wrong to me, how can this be allowed? Hubby reckons they must be breaking Public Order laws now but still the police are doing nothing.