Posted on August 17, 2011

Immigration Officer Comes Home to Find Family of Romanian Gypsies Squatting in Her House, Wearing Her Clothes and Drinking Her Wine (After Telling Neighbours She’d Died)

Inderdeep Bains and Simon Neville, Daily Mail (London), August 17, 2011

An immigration officer returned home to find gipsies had moved in, ransacked the place and dressed in her clothes.

Julia High was even offered a glass of her own wine by the Romanian squatters.

They claimed they had rented the property from her ‘son’ because she had died, and produced a set of fake documents. Miss High, 55, has no son.

The family of five adults and three children had ripped up carpets, emptied the fridge and dumped her belongings in bin bags in the garden of her £270,000 home.

They left water damage to the kitchen and bathroom, while a computer and digital cameras were missing. Only her beds and wardrobes were left intact. And once evicted, they squatted in another home two streets away.

Miss High, who works for the UK Border Agency, had spent a weekend visiting her parents and on the Monday evening went to see the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall before returning to the terraced home in Leytonstone, east London, which she has owned for 30 years.

She said: ‘The women came to the door dressed in my clothes, they were sitting around my dining room table, drinking my wine out of my glasses. They even offered me a drink and told me they were from Romania. They said I was dead and my son had rented the house to them. I am very much alive, single and I don’t have a son.’

She secured a county court eviction order the next day and police removed the family. But she has been forced to stay with friends during repairs, and fears it will be weeks before she can return.

She said: ‘These people have just trashed 30 years of my life and thrown it into bin bags. It is soul-destroying.’

Yesterday the Daily Mail found the family in a four-bedroom house two streets away, owned by a doctor who bought it in March but delayed moving in to carry out repairs.

When approached for a comment, the family spat and swore. One woman, who said her name was Dragoi Carmen, said: ‘I’ve never seen [Miss High’s] house, I don’t know why I’m being accused of this.’

Laura Eparu, who lives next door to Miss High, said: ‘I’m Romanian myself and I realised they were Romanian gipsies. They’ve brought shame on our country.’

32 responses to “Immigration Officer Comes Home to Find Family of Romanian Gypsies Squatting in Her House, Wearing Her Clothes and Drinking Her Wine (After Telling Neighbours She’d Died)”

  1. Anonymous says:

    In the UK the law says that as long as there is no evidence of breaking and entering (and usually the first thing squatters do is replace the locks so the owners cannot get in, as well as fix any broken windows), and the squatter says that he believes the property was either abandoned or that he was given legal access to the property by someone who represented himself as authorized to do so, then it is a matter of civil litigation as to who is entitled to the use of the property.

    The law presumes that whoever has possession of a key to the property is the rightful owner until another claimant to the property proves their title in court.

    Once the real property owner wins the court case, they then have the right to initiate eviction proceedings and the squatters have 30 days to leave the property, unless they get an extension because of hardship.

    Once evicted, they are not liable for any civil damages or for any criminal action – they are are free and clear.

    Squatting has become a popular pastime in the UK because if squatters can get inside a home and quickly erase any evidence of breaking and entering, they have a rent-free place to live for at least three months with no legal consequences of any kind.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This has been happening a lot in the Pacific Northwest with homes that are owned by banks or developers.

    This is because of a wrinkle in Oregon and I believe Washington law (and probably in any number of other states too), which provides that if an unoccupied home is advertised for sale and you agree to pay the seller an amount of money or credit within the price range and they accept the offer, you have the right to move in.

    Typically it is a bogus offer made in the form of an IOU sent to the office of the seller as a piece of return-receipt requested mail.

    By the owner signing the receipt, the “buyer” claims in court that the offer was accepted, they post ‘no trespassing’ signs and have any representative of the seller arrsted if they try to reclaim the property, and it can take months to prove that the IOU was worthless and not real consideration for the property.

    Certain lawyers specialize in keeping these claims going for over a year in exchange for a nominal fee.

    However, there will be civil lawsuits and sometimes criminal prosecution for fraud, unlike the UK.

  3. Anonymous says:

    In the UK there is a nonprofit which is called the Advisory Service for Squatters (ASS, and I am not kidding).

    They publish the Squatter’s Handbook, which is a guide to the law for squatters who want to evade eviction. They represent squatters in court free of charge and enable them to stretch out their squatting for months or years.

    The Handbook is distributed for free by town council administrations throughout the UK and both ASS and the town councils are funded by property owners’ taxes.

    There are Handbook users in the UK who use the legal services and have not paid a cent in rent or legal fees for decades – even in the nicest neighborhoods in the UK there are squatters who opportunely moved into a deceased person’s fancy address while the legitimate heirs waited for probate.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Squatting is illegal in Scotland and NI, and in Scotland at least is a very serious offence and a jailable offence.

    It is not illegal (ie a criminal matter) in England and Wales, it is civil. There are changes afoot to make it illegal in Eng/Wales though.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’ve read about other situations like this recently in the Daily Mail. This immigration official got some swift action from the local police—the people in the other stories weren’t so lucky (or well-connected).

  6. Anonymous says:

    A taxpayer funded saquatter’s rights organization

    Welcome to Advisory Service For Squatters

    The Advisory Service for Squatters (ASS) provides legal and practical advice to squatters and other homeless people. Our office is open from Monday to Friday, 2-6pm. You can call or drop in any time we’re open. As we’re staffed by volunteers, it’s normally a good idea to ring before coming by to double check that someone’s in.

    Phone: 020 3216 0099 email: [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

    This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Note to visitors- Our office is a bit tricky to find. The entrance is through Angel Alley, which is next to the Whitechapel Art Gallery.We are above the lovely Freedom Bookshop. See map here here.

    We produce The Squatters Handbook (now in it’s lucky 13th edition). Details for obtaining your very own shiny new copy(ies), can be found in the ‘The Squatters Handbook’ section of the site.

    Advisory Service for Squatters, Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

    Response to Government Squatting Consultation Paper

    Response To Daily Mail

    Media / Press Information About Squatting

    Squatters Action For Secure Homes – Squash Campaign against criminalisation

    Squattastic -Squatting forum and campaign

    ASS does not support any anti squat company!

    Unfortunately someone who used to be in ASS has proved to be a turncoat and has betrayed squatting by starting an anti squat (property gaurdian conmpany)

    ASS condemns this outfit ‘dotdotdot property’ and its director Kath Hibbert along with ALL other anti squat comapnies. We do not think any of them are ‘ethical’

    Practical Squatting Nights

    A chance to meet people, find squats and squat-mates, get info and practical advice….

    Please aim to arrive between 7-8pm

    These alternate between North and South London.

    7th & 14th June 5th & 19th July

    on the first and third Tuesday at the Pogo Cafe, 76 Clarence Road, E5

    12th & 26th July

    on the second and fourth Tuesday at 56a Info-Shop, 56 Crampton St, SE17

    We’ll be running practical hands-on workshops for squatters on any fifth Tuesdays – the next one will include Plumbing…

  7. Anonymous says:

    Here are the British laws regarding squatters. They seem to have the legal rights of regular tenants the landlord wants to remove.

    A) The occupants are presumed to be legally in possession, until overwhelmingly proven otherwise, provided the house was not occupied at the time of entry;

    B) That proof may only be presented in court, while seeking an order;

    C) Any attempt to force them out prior to having a judge’s order is considered a breach of the peace;

    D) As long a ANY of the occupying individuals are inside the residence, it is illegal for the actual owner or renter to enter without permission of the squatters, who CAN cll the police to prevent the “illegal” entry;

    E) It isn’t consdidered ‘theft’ if they only ‘use’ the stuff, but don’t make an attempt to ‘aquire’ it permanently…i.e. sell it…but pawning it is a sticky situation, since they can claim an intent to redeem and returnit to the owner;

    F) Brit laws are screwed up: if going away, ALWAYS make certain that somebody is pysically inside the entire time; there have even been cases of the homeowner being in the yard when the squatters entered, and the police sided with the squatters;

    G)In most, if not all, British jurisdictions, it is ILLEGAL to leave doors unlocked, or windows…even screened…open even while at home; cops (or a horde of other ‘public safety workers) ‘test’ doorknobs, and even enter via open windows, then “educate” (and then cite) the offending resident about ‘home safety’ and ‘crime prevention’!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Those people are NOT “Romanians” at all. Romanians are cultured white-skinned Europeans. They are actually the Gypsy Roma, who are from northern India. They have nothing at all in common with Europeans, genetically or culturally. They are despised all across Europe, especially eastern and southeastern Europe.

  9. Remnant says:

    What is missing from the article? A description of any criminal charges to be made against the Gypsy family.

    Can we take this to mean that no charges have been made or that they are too minimal to bear mentioning? If they know, as they do, that the authorities will not take any serious action against them, they will not change their behavior.

    Yet again, we see Sam Francis’ anarcho-tyranny in action in Britain.

  10. sbuffalonative says:

    How can this NOT be criminal? It’s stealing all the possessions of the rightful owner?

  11. Anonymous says:

    #9 remnant

    No charges will be made because what the gypsies did is completely legal. Note that they quickly moved into another house they had probably already targetted.

  12. jewamongyou says:

    Miss High’s story can be seen as allegorical. She has no children of her own – so gypsies moved in and took her home. She has no descendants, no heirs and no future after her death. Britain is much like her, refusing to reproduce sufficiently and allowing foreigners to flood in and take the land as their own.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Maybe they need a few guns to solve the issue instead of the thinking they are in the right.Another reason to change,,,

    like I say,,


  14. SS says:

    I would just like to point out the immigrant neighbor who knew they were gypsies yet did nothing about it. No mention of the immigrant neighbor calling the Police, nothing.

  15. passingthru says:

    Ironic, isn’t it?…that it happened to an immigration officer.

  16. Anonymous says:

    “…practical hands-on workshops for squatters…”

    This is utter madness. Do they also run workshops for looters and rioters?

  17. Anonymous says:

    I must note the irony that this time it happened to an immigration officer. Maybe some changes in immigration policies are indicted?

    I wonder if she got her Diversity lesson right?

    55 and never married. What happened there?

  18. Anonymous says:

    I thought a man’s home was his castle and not even the king could enter without permission.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Too bad all the law-abiding British have had their guns taken away. Here in the United States it is likely that a homeowner would “evict” the squatters personally, with or without actual bloodshed. The laws, judges and police in England must be CRAZY!

  20. Jeddermann. says:

    “Those people are NOT ‘Romanians’ at all. Romanians are cultured white-skinned Europeans. They are actually the Gypsy Roma, who are from northern India. They have nothing at all in common with Europeans, genetically or culturally. They are despised all across Europe, especially eastern and southeastern Europe”

    And despised in India too. Their own homeland does not even want them back. Thought to be originally Hindu whose ancestors were taken slaves 1,000 years or so ago and roaming the world ever since, and have become unclean so much so that their presence in India is not even welcome.

  21. Uniculturalist says:

    Doesn’t England use deeds to convey title to property?

    OK, there are such things as renting and leasing, but shouldn’t the law presume fee ownership by the last actual owner of record in the absence of any specific written contract to the contrary?

    How, in the country that gave rise to our common law of property, can this kind of idiocy go on? Surely this must be some kind of statutory invention because I can’t believe our ancestors were that stupid.

  22. Anonymous says:

    SERIOUSLY, are we being yanked by the Daily Mail, AmRen, etc, about these Roma?

    Does this REALLY happen?

    I will say this…looking at them, they seem the mestizos of Europe… Really UGLY.

    If they are this evil, how is it that they are suffered to LIVE? Why do the English not hunt them down and do away with them. This description is of pure parasites, predators.

    Can this all be true?

  23. Anonymous says:

    I’m not sure I wouldn’t purchase the services of a group of very muscular young men to evict the squatters. In fact, that might not be a bad idea for someone who wanted to start their own business.

  24. Deniz says:

    It’s interesting that the newspaper indicates they are Romanian Gypsies, not Romanians. The leftist BBC -I guess deliberately- always use the word “Romanians” (see the news “France deports Romanians, “Italy demolishes Romanian camping” and many more) although none of the incidents are caused by them.

    Romanians are descendants of Dacians, Thracians and by the Roman empire settled Latins. Hence, civilized white Europeans.

    Not to be confused with Dravidian gypsies who are WORSE (believe me, I’ve lived in Hungary for 6 months) than blacks in the USA., far less civilized, far less assimilated, average IQ maybe a little higher but they don’t send their children to the high school due to “cultural reasons”. Their culture is made up by robbing, pick pocketing and fighting against other gypsy clans in rivalry.

    The picture already betrays their kinship to the South Indians (dark skin, thick-set, straight very black hair).

  25. Anonymous says:

    #1 – thanks for that shocking expose’. This looks like just one more area where property owners must take the law into their own hands. They could shoot the intruders, rightly claiming that they had broken into their home. But something tells me that wouldn’t fly in the UK.

  26. Anonymous says:

    #3 – Maybe they should print that as a tourist guide for those tourists who want to spend some time in England without paying for a hotel or even restaurants.

  27. Anonymous says:

    In all seriousness, can things get much worse in loony England? Between the black underclass, the Muslim footholds, and the Gypsies, there are serious issues that must be dealt with NOW> Instead, the liberals in charge refuse to acknowledge the problems, let alone do another to address them. As seen again this week, England rolls over and lets others burn, rob, kill, and seize property with virtual impunity. Shameful. Shame on England. It’s time for a change, and I hope England grows a spine.

  28. Anonymous says:

    The Camp of Saints is in Britain already

  29. Tim Mc Hugh says:

    “I`m not sure I wouldn`t purchase the services of a group of young men to evict the squatters.That might not be a bad idea for someone who wanted to start their own business” anon no. 22

    In my neighborhood the guy to call is Big Craig`s Bully and Escort Service…

  30. Tom UK says:

    I’d often hoped that a victim of scumbag squatters would have them forcibly evicted and then “demand to be tried”- stand there, admit everything he did, and hopefully the jury would acquit, effectively annulling the law.

    Squatters are the worst of vermin- either they are parasitic gypsies such as these, or the “plausibly deniable” wing of the European left, there to wreak oh-so-predictable havoc on the law-abiding (in particular right-wing demonstrators and corporations that have failed to toe whatever the leftist line is)

    Just in case anybody would wish to drop them a line, either about this idiocy that Cameron is thankfully soon to end, or indeed about great offers on “enhancement pills” for all you web-crawling spam bots, that address is, again, [email protected] .

  31. nokangaroos says:

    I shudder at the thought of what I would have done under the circumstances. But take it in context. English sqatting law is ancient, and meant as a social measure; to keep landlords from raising rents indefinitely by keeping available houses vacant. Of course, the current interpretation is beyond disgusting.

    Terms like “Freedom Bookshop” and “Pogo Cafe” are a giveaway – we are dealing with anarchists above and beyond the gypsies.

    – The best solution I have seen was “Red Vienna” between the Wars. They levied a special tax on profits from rentals and used it to build public housing to underbid the landlords; very elegant – it provided jobs, housing and kept the rents down.

    (g)Of course they had their own problems. The housing projects were built like fortresses. No one who has seen the Karl Marx-Hof can argue it was not designed to be easily defended.

    (Which proved somewhat of a problem in the civil war – they needed howitzers)

    Still, I hold that´s the best that can be done (short of genocide, that is)

    The Section 8 number is a horrible waste of money, social capital and everybody´s quality of life.