Owner of former Angel and Crown Pub in Mill Hill attempts to reclaim building from squatters

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Police were called in to deal with an altercation when a pub owner attempted to reclaim his building from a group of squatters.

Officers attended the former Angel and Crown Pub in Mill Hill after receiving calls from both the owner of the pub and the occupiers at 7.40pm yesterday (Wednesday).

About eight men, at least one of whom is understood to be the owner of the pub, had attempted to gain access to the building, which has been occupied by a group of squatters for the past three weeks.

The squatters, some of whom previously occupied The Bohemia pub in North Finchley, barricaded the doors and informed the men of their legal right to remain in the building.

Barnet Police attended the incident around ten minutes after the owners attempted to enter the pub.

A force spokesman said today that officers advised the owners to seek legal advice on how to seek a possession order to evict the squatters.

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4:29am Fri 10 Jan 14

Dennis R says...

"The squatters . . . informed the men of their legal right to remain in the building." Grossly pathetic. Whatever became of the charges of burglary, criminal trespass and damaging property?
"The squatters . . . informed the men of their legal right to remain in the building." Grossly pathetic. Whatever became of the charges of burglary, criminal trespass and damaging property? Dennis R
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9:30am Fri 10 Jan 14

barnet123 says...

Not them again ... I ask you this, how did they get into the pub in the first place because I very much doubt the owner left the doors open.

Absolute scumbags, get a job and your own property ... as for the owner of the pub, next time, go back with 20 people, drag them out by their long crusty unwashed hair then squat there yourself!
Not them again ... I ask you this, how did they get into the pub in the first place because I very much doubt the owner left the doors open. Absolute scumbags, get a job and your own property ... as for the owner of the pub, next time, go back with 20 people, drag them out by their long crusty unwashed hair then squat there yourself! barnet123
  • Score: 1

11:11am Fri 10 Jan 14

bhattyclease says...

This angers the Bhattyclease!

Any sympathy Shane Fandango had for this lot when they were occupying the library in Friern Barnet has now gone. They are pathological squatters. GET A JOB!!!! The world does not owe you a living or a place to live when it is at someone else's expense. That's a fact, my friend. Check yourself, seen?

I look forward to a pint in the pub when these locusts are fumigated out, but am feeling sorry in advance for the next poor sod who'll have to evict them.

Respect to the landlord.
This angers the Bhattyclease! Any sympathy Shane Fandango had for this lot when they were occupying the library in Friern Barnet has now gone. They are pathological squatters. GET A JOB!!!! The world does not owe you a living or a place to live when it is at someone else's expense. That's a fact, my friend. Check yourself, seen? I look forward to a pint in the pub when these locusts are fumigated out, but am feeling sorry in advance for the next poor sod who'll have to evict them. Respect to the landlord. bhattyclease
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11:35am Fri 10 Jan 14

harvey_uk says...

Didn't take long for the scum to be back. Really are showing their true nature. All those who supported these low life scum in the name of Barnet community should be ashamed and pay this poor pub landlord's legal fees to legally get his own pub back. More tax payers money going to be wasted on this bunch of losers in county courts now. It's time for the law to change and make squatting in business premises a criminal offence, like the law was changed for private housing. MP's of Barnet, will you now earn your money and do something?
Didn't take long for the scum to be back. Really are showing their true nature. All those who supported these low life scum in the name of Barnet community should be ashamed and pay this poor pub landlord's legal fees to legally get his own pub back. More tax payers money going to be wasted on this bunch of losers in county courts now. It's time for the law to change and make squatting in business premises a criminal offence, like the law was changed for private housing. MP's of Barnet, will you now earn your money and do something? harvey_uk
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3:43pm Mon 13 Jan 14

james smyth says...

Total scum.
No doubt they will trash the place and steal anything worth stealing.
Just what is their excuse for squatting there ?
Surround the place with tonnes of stinky manure,its his pub so do it . they will soon get the message!!
Total scum. No doubt they will trash the place and steal anything worth stealing. Just what is their excuse for squatting there ? Surround the place with tonnes of stinky manure,its his pub so do it . they will soon get the message!! james smyth
  • Score: -1

7:31pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Mr E Dance says...

I seem to have inadvertently stumbled across some right wing vigilante site. Help!!!!
I seem to have inadvertently stumbled across some right wing vigilante site. Help!!!! Mr E Dance
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5:59pm Wed 15 Jan 14

AverageBarnetResident says...

Oh look! I seem to have stumbled across a group of sensible, law abiding people who respect the sanctity of other people’s property. – And of course one lunatic lefty who knows that he/she is on the wrong side of common sense and has therefore opted to make snide remarks in lieu of constructive comments. Pathetic really.
Oh look! I seem to have stumbled across a group of sensible, law abiding people who respect the sanctity of other people’s property. – And of course one lunatic lefty who knows that he/she is on the wrong side of common sense and has therefore opted to make snide remarks in lieu of constructive comments. Pathetic really. AverageBarnetResident
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7:41pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Mr E Dance says...

......incisive comments ABR, et al.
'MP's of Barnet, will you now earn your money and do something' ...
(.....aren't squatters targeting Barnet BECAUSE of Mr Freer?).

'next time, go back with 20 people, drag them out by their long crusty unwashed hair...' (which is the better movie, 'Taxi Driver', or 'Die Hard'? I'm sure this is the kind of movie you guys enjoy).
......incisive comments ABR, et al. 'MP's of Barnet, will you now earn your money and do something' ... (.....aren't squatters targeting Barnet BECAUSE of Mr Freer?). 'next time, go back with 20 people, drag them out by their long crusty unwashed hair...' (which is the better movie, 'Taxi Driver', or 'Die Hard'? I'm sure this is the kind of movie you guys enjoy). Mr E Dance
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5:03pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Mr. Datchery says...

Mr E Dance wrote:
I seem to have inadvertently stumbled across some right wing vigilante site. Help!!!!
An understandable mistake, I think what has happened is that their carers all left them unattended at the same time and they managed to get to a keyboard. The only difference is that this time they haven't mentioned their taxes or, as some of them always do blamed it on the Jews.
[quote][p][bold]Mr E Dance[/bold] wrote: I seem to have inadvertently stumbled across some right wing vigilante site. Help!!!![/p][/quote]An understandable mistake, I think what has happened is that their carers all left them unattended at the same time and they managed to get to a keyboard. The only difference is that this time they haven't mentioned their taxes or, as some of them always do blamed it on the Jews. Mr. Datchery
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5:25pm Thu 16 Jan 14

AverageBarnetResident says...

Mr Datchery, your comment is a disgrace and should be removed.
First your crude attempt at humour insinuates that people who rely on carers are in some way lacking in mental capability, which is flagrantly untrue (I strongly doubt that you would triumph in a battle of wits against Stephen Hawking, for example). And secondly you have tried to denigrate the views of others by dragging race/religion into a debate about the legal and societal merits of 'squatting'. Race/religion is not relevant to this discussion and I would thank you to keep your preconceptions to yourself.
Mr Datchery, your comment is a disgrace and should be removed. First your crude attempt at humour insinuates that people who rely on carers are in some way lacking in mental capability, which is flagrantly untrue (I strongly doubt that you would triumph in a battle of wits against Stephen Hawking, for example). And secondly you have tried to denigrate the views of others by dragging race/religion into a debate about the legal and societal merits of 'squatting'. Race/religion is not relevant to this discussion and I would thank you to keep your preconceptions to yourself. AverageBarnetResident
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