Squatters take over closed Hampstead police station

Squatters who have taken over Hampstead's former police station have reassured neighbours that they have nothing to fear as they plan to "help old ladies to the shops" and "protect the area".

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Police station squatters: 'We are here to protect you'

Squatters who have taken over Hampstead's former police station have reassured neighbours that they have nothing to fear as they plan to "help old ladies to the shops" and "protect the area".

A group of 15 moved into the annexe of the abandoned building at the weekend, sparking fears of anti-social behaviour.

"We want to be part of the community,” 31-year-old Polish construction worker Martin Kozubski told the Ham and High.

“We have had a few ideas of how we could help people like the community police used to. We could help old ladies to the shops, so they feel more safe.”

Ecko, 28, a Lithuanian car washer, said they "could help protect the area" and "offer similar security".

Squatters take over closed Hampstead police station

Squatters have taken over a police station in North London which closed last year.

The Metropolitan Police said it received a report on Monday that squatters had moved into the former Hampstead Police Station in Rosslyn Hill.

Former Hampstead police station in Rosslyn Hill. Credit: Google Street View

The group of 15 moved into the annexe of the 100-year-old Grade II listed building at the weekend - one of 63 London police stations either closed or due to shut before 2016.

"The station was closed last year and has been boarded and secured ever since. It is no longer an operational police building and has no impact on front line policing," a police spokesperson said.

"The local neighborhood officers are aware and will ensure extra attention to the area and any crime or disorder issues will receive an appropriate response."

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