Early morning raids by police and council officers found more than 50 people living in just three houses in what officials describe as ‘Dickensian conditions’.
Enforcement officers raided the addresses in east London as part of Barking and Dagenham Council’s clamp down on suspected rogue landlords.
Council officers, along with officers from the local estates’ police team, found 55 people, including children, living in the properties.
- In Fordyke Road – officers discovered 22 people including four children in an illegally converted house with four bedrooms
- In Manor Road, officers found 18 people livingin cramped and dangerous conditions including two children in six bedrooms – although the house was originally designed to hold three
- And in Japan Road there were 15 people, including five children, living in five rooms in what should be a three bedroom house. Officers also discovered a so-called bed in sheds outside
In all three properties officers found health and safety hazards, including illegal wiring and no fire precautions.