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‘Hole in the wall gang’ operates because of price of bricks, building expert says

PUBLISHED: 17:03 21 March 2016

A garden wall on Water Lane, Seven Kings, was smashed last week in a series of similar incidents in the Goodmayes and Seven Kings area Credit: Phillip Abbott

A garden wall on Water Lane, Seven Kings, was smashed last week in a series of similar incidents in the Goodmayes and Seven Kings area Credit: Phillip Abbott

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Garden walls are being smashed because of the high value of bricks, a member of Redbridge Council’s building control team explained.

Employees at the building control team has dubbed the culprits “the hole in the wall gang” after a series of incidents took place in the Goodmayes and Seven Kings area since the end of last year.

Phillip Abbott, from Redbridge Building Control, tweeted to the Recorder a picture of one of the destroyed front wall in Water Lane, Seven Kings.

Posting on social media, he suggested the price of bricks explained why these incidents are taking place.

A council spokesman confirmed up to five incidents were reported since the end of last year either by a member of the public or by an officer.

The London Yellow Stock Bricks, a company which sells and delivers bricks in central London, sells the iconic Yellow Brick for £1.40 each in lots of 100 and cheaper versions for £0.85 each.

A company spokesman said the price of yellow stock bricks jumped 10p over Christmas to reach about £1.30 each.

“This is because they are the highest in demand and the lowest in supply. They are worth about £1 each and it’s easy money – they are valuable commodities,” he added.

Arti Bhardwaj, 34, of Charlbury Gardens, Seven Kings, saw her neighbour’s wall being stolen.

“I saw two guys breaking the wall and they took the bricks and they ran away – I think they’re cowboy builders,” she said.

“It’s going on in the whole area – it’s disgusting – this area used to be nice. We moved here because it was a middle class area but now we’ve got fly tipping, we’ve got drug dealing and now we’ve even got bricks being stolen.”

The Recorder reported last week police were investigating after bricks were stolen from a wall near the Goodmayes Methodist Church and Community Centre, Percy Road, Goodmayes.

Have you been affected? Contact chloe.farand@archant.co.uk.


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