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Wanted prisoner was living in Harold Hill gas cupboard for more than a year

PUBLISHED: 11:39 02 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:39 02 August 2018

Bedding and clothes were found outside of the gas cupboard at Harold Wood Hall in Harold Hill.

Bedding and clothes were found outside of the gas cupboard at Harold Wood Hall in Harold Hill.

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The Recorder can exclusively reveal that the man who had been living in a gas cupboard in Harold Hill was a wanted prisoner.

The gas cupboard where the Recorder believes the prisoner had been living.The gas cupboard where the Recorder believes the prisoner had been living.

The Recorder can reveal that the man who was living in a gas cupboard in Harold Hill for more than a year was a wanted prisoner.

Last week it was reported that police had arrested someone after the individual was found to have been living in the confined space at Harold Wood Hall in Widecombe Road.

Harold Wood Hall flats have had a number of reported social problems including drugs, sub-lettings and prostitution.Harold Wood Hall flats have had a number of reported social problems including drugs, sub-lettings and prostitution.

Police have now released more information, and the 50-year-old man was wanted on recall to prison.

On Wednesday, July 25, police were called at around 1.15pm and after a conversation with the property company the man was identified by local officers as being wanted.

Harold Wood Hall flats have had a number of reported social problems including drugs, sub-lettings and prostitution.Harold Wood Hall flats have had a number of reported social problems including drugs, sub-lettings and prostitution.

Officers then arranged to meet the owners to help them secure the cupboard.

The man was not there when police arrived but there was evidence that he had been staying in the cupboard.

Police then spoke to the company and residents, and advised them that if the man was to return to call 999 immediately - and around half an hour later a resident called to say he had returned.

He was taken to an east London police station before he was returned to prison.

One resident told the Recorder: “I can’t believe he has been living there.

“It can’t be very big or very comfortable down there.

“His bedding and his chair that he used to sleep in have been thrown out and left with the rubbish.”

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