I spoke to my neighbour this morning who was on the street surrounded by glass having has her windows smashed. She lives alone with a small child and was extremely upset. She said that the police had said that the squatters in All Hallows Church were thought to be responsible and that 60 different properties were vandalised in this way over the last week in the area. I find this really depressing. There are three large buildings near me currently being occupied by squats and I try not to be prejudiced but am seeing some really antisocial behaviour from these people. I have twice witnessed incidents with dangerous dogs and also an altercation between people drinking in a group. I have seen these people coming and going from one property right next to me so they are connected to whatever is happening there.
I live a moment away from these properties and a couple of the residents told me it was a gang going round cathederals ward causing criminal damage . They did not mention the squatters and said the police did not know who it was- even though there is cctv further in the street?
I hope that you're right. It really wouldn't make any sense for people occupying local properties to be causing damage like this. It's a really pointless crime which makes it a bit confusing and upsetting for people having their windows put in.
I've never known squatters to do stuff like that, so would be surprised. But of course it only takes one or two.
It's a stupid and nasty crime and I really can't understand why anyone would do such a thing. Strikes me as being a stupid young boy sort of activity (apologies to any stupid young boys reading the site, I'm not tying to stereotype you).
I don't think it is likely to be kids breaking the windows; more likely to be someone who has a health, drink or drug problem. A couple of years ago there was a man who used to walk down Hatfield and bash the heads of all the hollyhocks on a regular basis; he was a bit of a drunkard! Let's hope someone looks at CCTV to see if it is connected with any of the places that are being squatted. (Zoe, there are two types of squatters, those who find vacant property and make a home for themselves, and those who find vacant property and trash it; remember what happened to Metro House when squatters moved in?)
This guy had been seen apparently.. He threw a brick through my friends sons window at 2am up by the Tate . And through lots of others . I don't think it's the squatters but obviously someone who is not the full ticket .. I hope he gets caught !