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Councils show squatters where they can find out how to break in

James Chapman
UK Daily Mail
Monday, June 2, 2008

Town halls are referring would-be squatters to a far-Left group selling a £2 DIY guide on how to break into and occupy empty homes.

The squatters' handbook advises them to force entry through back entrances or open windows, carry a crowbar and claim they are 'clearing the drains' if stopped.

The guide, from the Advisory Service for Squatters, describes how to take apart locks and fit new ones.

It also recommends putting a legal warning on the door stating it is a criminal offence to try to remove squatters by force.

Homeowners who threaten to do so should be intimidated by being told: 'You may receive a sentence of up to six months' imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000'.

The housing departments of councils such as Durham and Doncaster as well as Hackney, Islington, Brent, Camden and Hounslow in London, refer those who do not have a house to the Advisory Service for Squatters via their websites. The Home Office also consults the organisation on its equality policies.

The squatters' handbook advises:

• Break in during the day and wear council-style overalls to avoid suspicion.

• Deactivate alarm sensors with Sellotape and muffle the sound of alarm bells with a few coats.

• Once the home is secured, get the kettle on.

• Apply for council tax benefit as soon as you move in.

• Cite the Human Rights Act 1998 if the gas and electricity firm won't reconnect you. Cite the Water Industry Act 1999 if the water firm tries to disconnect you.

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