Romanians evicted from Hendon Football Ground squalid camp
Border officers and police yesterday swooped on the makeshift squat. The 68 eastern European residents were forced out of the site and offered free flights home if they left immediately.
It is believed that around 20 have already taken up the offer.
The squatters, mostly men, had been living in third-world style slum conditions in shelters made of rubble, wood, scrap metal and plastic sheeting.
It is the third time Hendon FC's former ground in Cricklewood, north London - which sits yards from plush £500,000 family homes and playing fields - has been squatted on since the football club moved out in 2009.
For more than two years, migrants from the Transylvania region of Romania have been travelling to the site - which is well known in their home country.
They ignore warning signs, written in Romanian and pinned on a 10ft wooden fence, to set up home in the rat-infested camp despite it having no running water, electricity or sanitation.
Britain is expecting an influx of Romanians and Bulgarians when they are given free access to our jobs market in January.
Ministers have refused to put an estimate on how many will travel here, but campaign group MigrationWatch says it could be 50,000 every year for five years from 2014. express.co.uk
Football ground sold
A PROPERTY developer has for the second time been named as the winning bidder of the former Hendon Football Club ground, which is currently occupied by squatters.
At last night’s cabinet resources committee meeting councillors agreed to sell the ex-football ground in Claremont Road, Cricklewood, to current leaseholders, Montclare Developments Ltd.
In February last year the cabinet resources committee approved plans to sell the site to Montclare, so it could build a housing development in a deal worth £2.8million.
However, once it discovered that the land was for sale, the London Jewish Girls High School put in a higher bid for £3.5m, which was rejected by the council.
The school then launched a judicial review and an injunction was granted preventing the sale. In February this year High Court judge Mr Justice Mitting ruled that Montclare’s offer was “clearly the better of the two on the table”.
Following an even higher bid from the school, the council called on both parties to submit fresh bids, and Montclare were named the preferred bidder.
School chairman David Hersch said the school was appealing the original judicial review ruling.
Before the committee approved the sale, chairman and deputy council leader Daniel Thomas said it was important that work begin on the site as soon as possible. barnet-today.co.uk