Squatters invade 17th century Hackney mansion

The Georgian era mansion was invaded by squatters last night       Pic: Google Maps

Squatters have occupied a Grade 2 listed mansion at 195 Mare Street in Hackney.

Local residents have faced sleepless nights since Saturday [May 20] with music blaring from the 300-year-old building.

Eye witness reports suggests that the squatters moved on to the roof on Saturday and continued to play music into the early hours of Sunday morning.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard one resident Ruth Dawson, who lives near the mansion, said: “I was rudely and abruptly awoken at about 1am. We [the residents] all have a private WhatsApp group and the messages started to come through.

“I was really sad. My dad and brother were down to visit and they weren’t able to sleep at all.”

According to Gov.uk, squatting in residential buildings, such as a house or flat, is illegal and can result in up to six months in prison, a £5,000 fine or both.

However, because the mansion at 195 Mare Street is a commercial building, the police cannot intervene unless a direct crime is committed.

The building, which was built in 1699, has been closed since 2003 and plans to transform it into offices have been put into place by the Hackney Council.

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