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Thieves flood the Ocean’

PUBLISHED: 18:37 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 05 October 2010

THIEVES caused flooding to a block of flats on Stepney’s huge Ocean Estate when they ripped out copper piping in an empty apartment. They broke into one of the flats which are boarded up on the third-floor of Bengal House in Duckett Street, off Ben Jonson Road, late on Tuesday evening and broke off the mains pipe

THIEVES caused flooding to a block of flats on Stepney's huge Ocean Estate when they ripped out copper piping in an empty apartment.

They broke into one of the flats which are boarded up on the third-floor of Bengal House in Duckett Street, off Ben Jonson Road, late on Tuesday evening and broke off the mains pipe.

The staircase was flooded, but emergency fire crews were unable to find the mains valve to turn of the gushing water, after the alarm was raised by tenants in the floor below. A Tower Hamlets council maintenance plumber had to be called out in the middle of the night to turn the mains off.

The block is half empty, ready for redevelopment.


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