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Travellers set up camp at The Valentine pub, Gants Hill

PUBLISHED: 13:07 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:12 29 August 2017

Travellers in The Valentine pub car park. Picture Ken Mears.

Travellers in The Valentine pub car park. Picture Ken Mears.

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Travellers have decended upon the former Valentine pub in Gants Hill.

The Valentine pub in Gants Hill. Picture Ken Mears.The Valentine pub in Gants Hill. Picture Ken Mears.

A resident said around eight camper vans are now parked within the boarded up grounds in Perth Road.

She recognised the campers and claims they are the same people who were living on the site of the former Doctor Johnson pub in Clayhall last week.

“They go in and out the pub and I can hear dogs barking all night,” she told the Recorder.

“I don’t know what they are doing to them but I have to sleep with all my windows shut so it doesn’t wake up my little girl, it’s awful.”

The resident has noticed an increase in rubbish by the site and said she is extremely worried about living so close to the camp.

“In the past few months we have had lots of break-ins when people climbed up the scaffoldings to access our balconies,” she added.

“With people living so close it had put me on edge.

“I keep triple checking all my locks.”

The resident alerted Redbridge Council to the travellers but as the land is privately owned it cannot intervene.

The Valentine, announced it was closing in February this year and the Recorder later reported that it has been sold to a real estate company, Hull Propco.

The Recorder has attempted to make contact with the owners.

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