Posted on April 26, 2009. Filed under: Housing News |


West Midlands Police have issued a statement with regard their involvement in the eviction at the Beechwood Hotel our response is as follows :
We have never stated that WMP forced entry into the building this was done by the bailiffs smashing through the rear fire escape doors.
 Officers did enter the building to assist bailiffs with  the eviction, they were present in bedrooms and we have video footage of Officers demanding people leave the building and or rooms.
WMP have stated that officers did not use riot Shields, we can confirm that the long full length shield were not used but officers were in possession of round riot shields we have at least one officer photographed with this type of shield, in addition Police Officers were walking around the building with batons drawn.
Police officers only role in this type of proceeding is to prevent a breach of the peace, no resistance whatsoever was given by any occupant. The occupants realised they were outnumbered and out flanked very quickly and left the building without any aggression or resistance. WMP stated they were there in a “Support Capacity” to the bailiffs” THIS IS NOT PART OF THEIR ROLE.
WMP stated they did not remove any person from the property – This is not the caset. They did order people out of the hotel and did push at least 1 person and barge a second with a shield.
If there only function was to prevent a breach of the peace why was there a need for so many officers, why was there a need for them to enter the building, why were officers equipped with shields and why did they form a line across the car park. Bailiffs are the only ones empowered to remove persons and they are normally supported by security staff who will prevent persons re-entering the building.
Following legal advise JNC will make a formal complaint to the Police Authority of abuse of power and abusive and threatening behaviour, together with an assault on one of the occupants. JNC will be taking further legal acton this week.
We would emphasise that not all police officers acted in this way and the local officers who had visited us many times during our occupation were courteous and efficient in their duties. In particular the duty Sgt kindly negotiated for occupants to re-enter the building to allow them to collect personal belongings.


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Do you have any officers numbers?

How about pasting the statement on the blog and uploading the photos?

Who can we write to to complain?

I think the whole charade at the Beechwood Hotel was worth it just to see the looks on all your faces when you were given the boot!! Judging by your feedback it seemed as if your group thought they had many more months to stay, living in luxury compared to the other dirty squat holes you occupy. The West Midlands Police and HM Court Officials acted efficiently and collaborated in the best possible way to make sure you were kicked out with maximum exposure, timed perfectly with the whole of Bristol Road rush hour traffic onlooking! Make no mistake about it, they weren’t going to leave empty handed this time with previous failed attempts not to mention wasting their valuable time on a pathetic group who can’t get their finger out and get a job like the rest of the country, instead living off the social!! At least now we’re all rest assured we have our neighbourhood back to normal without the scum of this world. I’ve got to give credit where it’s due and am astounded at how quick eviction proceedings went at the Beechwood compared to the many months it took yourselves at other ‘squats’ namely the Edgbaston Cricket Club and the Firebird Public House!!

You miss the point somewhat Oliver, the more exposure the better, rush hour suits us fine, it highlights the cause that there are empty properties all over Birmingham. Our hit rate on the website goes up substancially after an eviction as long as it achieves our goal we will continue to do what we do.

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