Squatters evicted from Dalston youth club after occupation that could have delayed its reopening

St MATTHIAS YOUTH CLUB squat (4 people) © david.althgeer[ a t] gmail.com
Wham-bam: police attempt entry to the occupied youth club in Hackney

St MATTHIAS YOUTH CLUB squat (4 people) © david.althgeer[ a t] gmail.com
A club helper explains that the squat was potentially delaying the club’s resumption
St MATTHIAS YOUTH CLUB was occupied by squatters today Saturday 13 May 2017. It ended several hours later when police, cheered on by passers-by, used battering rams to gain entry. Locks on the doors had been changed.

They told the police through the letterbox that they had been inside for a week.

After they came out, the squatter pictured above told Loving Dalston: “The club should be used every day and it was not. That is why we squatted it. We are homeless.”

squat0517: St MATTHIAS YOUTH CLUB squat (4 people) © david.althgeer[ a t] gmail.com
A request to leave quietly is met with the continental version of the two-fingered insult
She admitted to not knowing that the building had been unavailable to its young users since it was sold to developer East Eight on condition of  including premises for the club in the planned flats-and-offices building.

The squatters, who said they were four but may have numbered only two, had not realised that their action could delay the club from resuming its youth activities.

When St Matthias helpers saw this morning that the building was squatted, they worried that if the occupation did not end quickly, it could delay building work,which would hampering the club’s resumption. It has been unable to find temporary premises.

They phoned the police, who sent six officers from Stoke Newington and, with later reinforcements, regained possession of the building, which is at the corner of Dalston Lane and Cecilia Road. The invaders came out quietly.

squat0517note: St MATTHIAS YOUTH CLUB squat (4 people) © david.althgeer[ a t] gmail.com
Squatters’ notice saying the occupation was legally sanctioned
David Altheer 130517

* Backstory: Youth club is out on the streets; I sold the  club; Flats future for Dalston youth club; Council evicts squatters to prepare house sale

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