Ilford B&B baby death remains a mystery

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:49 27 October 2016

The Alpha Ikarus Hotel, in Balfour Road, Ilford.


The circumstances around the death of a one-month-old baby at a hotel used by Redbridge Council as temporary accommodation remain a mystery.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that at 3.15pm on Sunday, October 16, officers were alerted by the London Ambulance Service to reports that a one-month-old baby had died at the Alpha Ikarus Hotel, Balfour Road, Ilford.

No arrests have been made, and the death, recorded as unexplained, is not being treated as suspicious.

Mark Coleman, 47, was housed at the hotel with his family in April, by Redbridge Council.

He claims conditions inside were so bad that his daughter was infected with ringworm and one of his granddaughters was diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease.

He told the Recorder: “You couldn’t make it up, the place was filthy – there were cockroaches everywhere and the place stank.”

The family of seven, who were living together in a single room at the hotel, claim to have lived next door to the family whose baby died.

Mr Coleman’s family were moved out of the hotel the week after the death and have been rehoused by Redbridge Council in Dagenham.

A Recorder reporter visited Balfour Road twice this week, but the hotel appeared to be empty.

But a spokeswoman for Redbridge Council refuted claims the hotel was closed following an inspection by the housing standards team a few days after the baby died.

She said: “The Alpha Ikarus bed and breakfast has not been served with a notice that would require closure and as far as we are aware the premises remains open and in operation.

“Officers from housing standards conducted a full inspection on Wednesday, October 19, which did not find any defects that would require immediate attention.

“They did, however, judge that work was required on several rooms and a detailed list of this work is being given to the owners – which they will be given a short period of time to complete.”

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