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Squatters grab GPs’ empty practice before it’s rebuilt

PUBLISHED: 20:35 13 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 05 October 2010

Squatters occupying the GPs' surgery

Squatters occupying the GPs' surgery

SQUATTERS have taken over an empty GPs’ surgery waiting to be demolished as part of a huge regeneration in project in London’s East End. A group of 40 squatters have been living in Poplar’s former All Saints Surgery in Newby Place, off the main A13 East India Dock Road, after breaking into the brick building before Christmas

By Gemma Collins

SQUATTERS have taken over an empty GPs’ surgery waiting to be demolished as part of a huge regeneration project in London’s East End.

A group of 40 squatters have been living in Poplar’s former All Saints Surgery in Newby Place, off the main A13 East India Dock Road, after breaking into the two-storey building before Christmas.

Patients on the surgery’s panel had been transferred to nearby Robin Hood Lane by the Blackwall Tunnel entrance, ready for the site to be redeveloped, when the squatters moved in, taking over the building and occupying the car-park with vans and caravans.

The building was “fully secure” with chains and locks when the intruders broke in, according to Tower Hamlets Primary Care NHS trust.

A repossession order was obtained on December 15, but the trust is still waiting for police to evict the squatters.


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