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Ipswich: Squatter pitches tent on site of town’s former police station

17:33 02 July 2014

The tent at the former Ipswich police station

The tent at the former Ipswich police station

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While many would wish to leave a police station as soon as possible one squatter has taken the opposite approach and moved on to the site of Ipswich’s former police base,

The man has pitched his tent under the shelter of a tree between the car park and the entrance to the building in Elm Street, which is now the property of Ipswich Borough Council.

A brown wheelie bin and an umbrella have been placed next to the tent.

It is understood that the squatter – who is believed to be homeless - arrived on Sunday, and frequents the resource centre in nearby Black Horse Lane.

Max Stocker, a spokesman for Ipswich Borough Council, said: “We have been down to the site but have not been able to make contact with the person or persons involved.

“We are discussing the matter with the resource centre and are taking the necessary steps to resolve the situation.”

6 comments

  • He wouldn't be homeless if IBC provided accommodation.

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    Sentinel Red

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • When I first remember Ipswich in the early 1960s in don't recall any homeless people living rough. There were some 'tramps' who chose a life on the road, but not the people who are just living in the open because they have no other choice at this time of their lives. We should be more civilized than this. Will we accept orphans living besides railway tracks next?

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    Culture Vulture

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • I notice cars in the parking area in front - how much are Ipswich BC charging to use that? There is an even bigger area round the back, some under cover.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Great pitch .close to town centre .football ground .rent cheap. amazing views i bet . very sad this still goes on homeless people should be cared for

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    Lee mundy

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • another smug comment, im okay jack ,[ sod everyone else.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Surely the tent and umbrella can be removed as litter. The wheelie bin probably belongs to the council anyway. Get moving Ipswich Council

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    John Haseltine

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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