Search

Police at scene of Doctor Johnson pub, Barkingside taken over by squatters

12:25 13 May 2014

Police at the Doctor Johnson pub, Barkingside

Police at the Doctor Johnson pub, Barkingside

Archant

Police are at the scene of a derelict Grade II listed pub in Barkingside which squatters have taken over.

The co-ordinator of the squatters - known only as “Gee” - says the group of around “four or five” people wish to host art events at The Doctor Johnson pub in Longwood Gardens if they can strike an agreement with the building’s owner to be allowed to stay.

Speaking to the Recorder, Gee, 41, who lives near to the pub, said: “The squatters came on Sunday (11) and we swept the front of the building just to let residents know something is being done about the mess.”

Gee claims to represent a group called Suspenses Property Guardians.

It is unclear how long the building has been derelict for, but residents believe it is “at least three years”.

Business owner Sharon May, 53, who runs cafe Freshly Made, opposite the pub, called the situation “an absolute tragedy”.

She also added: “It is absolute tragedy to see such a beautiful building in such disrepair.

“Everyone in the area talks about. It is turning into a slum - it is a shame.”

Police attended the scene this morning where a security firm were also present.

Latest Ilford News Stories

Yesterday, 17:29
Redbridge Disabled Women's Welfare Association, holding their annual charity bazaar at the Jack Carter Centre,

Beautiful jewellery, colourful shalwar kameezes and delicious food were sold at a women’s group’s annual charity bazaar.

Yesterday, 17:00
Charlie Kutyauripo, 16, who was stabbed to death in Woodford Bridge. Photo: @MostAuthentic

A teenager who stabbed his former friend to death outside a 16th birthday party told the Old Bailey he did it “to protect” himself.

Yesterday, 15:24
Nabihah Jaigirdar has been nominated for a Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award. Photo: Anthony Michael

A pupil who has raised £1,000 for a children’s charity and helps to interview prospective teachers has been nominated for a Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award.

Yesterday, 15:19
Pupils and teachers at Valentines High School took part in fun events to raise money for Cancer Research. Photo: Anthony Michael

A group of teenagers spent last week hosting fun events during their lunch time to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe