Human waste, discarded needles and rubbish were discovered at a Stratford drugs den when Newham Council officers moved in to evict squatters.

Neighbours had become increasingly concerned about the temporary residents living in former pub, The Princess Amelie in Henniker Road, after a spike in robbery and burglary in the area.

At its height, it is believed the den had up to 20 people living in it, but when it was raided on Wednesday, September 23, five men and four women were living there.

The squat in Henniker Road, Stratford

All of the squatters were offered support from addiction and mental health agencies and issued with Community Protection Notices banning them from squatting again in the borough.

Councillor Unmesh Desai, cabinet member for crime and anti-social behaviour, said: “Residents should not have to put up with squatters living on their road, disturbing their peace and wreaking havoc in the area. I am glad the council and the police were able to help the property owner evict these squatters.”

As the commercial property was privately owned the council were unable to pursue a court closure order, but evidence provided by the council’s anti-social behaviour and nuisance investigation officers and police helped to secure the possession order for the owner.