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Homeless camp dismantled in Ilford Hill

PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 August 2019 | UPDATED: 16:47 09 August 2019

Items such as mattresses, clothes and even a bike have been removed from the homeless camp in Ilford Hill, next to the A406. Picture: Imogen Braddick

Items such as mattresses, clothes and even a bike have been removed from the homeless camp in Ilford Hill, next to the A406. Picture: Imogen Braddick

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A homeless camp in Ilford Hill has been dismantled - while rough sleepers were reportedly still living there.

A clean-up team are at the camp in Ilford Hill removing items.A clean-up team are at the camp in Ilford Hill removing items.

A Recorder reporter at the scene was told that rough sleepers were still at the camp when the clean-up team arrived on Wednesday, August 7.

On Thursday morning a van could be seen at the camp, which is on a patch of grass between the River Roding and the A406, and a group of people were removing items such as mattresses, bikes and clothes.

The camp in Ilford Hill. Picture: Aaron WalawalkarThe camp in Ilford Hill. Picture: Aaron Walawalkar

Earlier this year, the Recorder reported that there was confusion over which local authority should take the lead in addressing the large number of people living in the camp.

But a Newham Council spokeswoman insisted the camp was firmly in Redbridge's patch.

The camp in Ilford Hill is being dismantled by a team sent in by Redbridge Council.The camp in Ilford Hill is being dismantled by a team sent in by Redbridge Council.

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Redbridge Council has since confirmed the land is owned by Transport for London.

The camp at Ilford Hill is being dismantled by workers contracted by Redbridge Council. Picture: Imogen BraddickThe camp at Ilford Hill is being dismantled by workers contracted by Redbridge Council. Picture: Imogen Braddick

A Redbridge Council spokesman said: "Neither the council nor a contractor sent by us has dismantled this homeless camp.

"Where we take this action, we follow a strict rough sleeping protocol which includes providing sufficient notice to those in the camp."

The camp at Ilford Hill is being dismantled by workers contracted by Redbridge Council. Picture: Imogen BraddickThe camp at Ilford Hill is being dismantled by workers contracted by Redbridge Council. Picture: Imogen Braddick

Editor's note: A previous version of this story included information given to a Recorder reporter who visited the camp while it was dismantled, in which workers carrying out the dismantling of the camp claimed to be sent by Redbridge Council.

A van can be seen at the camp in Ilford Hill, next to the River Roding, with mattresses and clothes collected next to it. Picture: Imogen BraddickA van can be seen at the camp in Ilford Hill, next to the River Roding, with mattresses and clothes collected next to it. Picture: Imogen Braddick

Upon receiving Redbridge Council's response on Friday afternoon, the Recorder is happy to clarify that this was not the case.

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