Squatters move into empty office building in Peterborough

Squatters have moved into Aqua House at East Station Road, Peterborough EMN-150517-172519009
Squatters have moved into Aqua House at East Station Road, Peterborough EMN-150517-172519009
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A group of squatters has occupied an empty office building in Peterborough, draping political banners on the walls.

The group has occupied Aqua House, the former Environment Agency offices in East Station Road, Peterborough.

Squatters have moved into Aqua House at East Station Road, Peterborough EMN-150517-183630009

Squatters have moved into Aqua House at East Station Road, Peterborough EMN-150517-183630009

Banners have been draped on the building with political slogans including “social housing not social cleansing” and the group - shouting down to a Peterborough Telegraph cameraman said the protest was about ‘the lack of social housing available in the city’.

The group - named ‘Peterboro Squatters Autonomy’ - did not say how long they had been in the building or how long they intend to stay.

The building has been empty since Environemnt Agency staff moved out in May, 2012 and is now understood to be owned by Peterborough City Council.

A Peterborough City Council spokesman said: “We are now in the process of taking appropriate legal action to evict the squatters who are occupying Aqua House.

Squatters have moved into Aqua House at East Station Road, Peterborough EMN-150517-183742009

Squatters have moved into Aqua House at East Station Road, Peterborough EMN-150517-183742009

“All doors were securely locked and windows were barricaded. We employ a security firm to check the building twice a day.

“Entry appears to have been gained between the security check on Saturday evening and about 10.30am on Sunday morning when we were alerted.”

Squatters have moved into Aqua House at East Station Road, Peterborough EMN-150517-183617009

Squatters have moved into Aqua House at East Station Road, Peterborough EMN-150517-183617009

Squatters have moved into Aqua House at East Station Road, Peterborough EMN-150517-183654009

Squatters have moved into Aqua House at East Station Road, Peterborough EMN-150517-183654009

Squatters have moved into Aqua House at East Station Road, Peterborough EMN-150517-183641009

Squatters have moved into Aqua House at East Station Road, Peterborough EMN-150517-183641009