Tent pitched on ‘Rat Island’ in Northampton town centre removed by council

A tent has been removed from a patch of derelict land known as 'Rat Island' in Northampton town centre
A tent has been removed from a patch of derelict land known as 'Rat Island' in Northampton town centre

A tent that had been erected on a patch of derelict land in Northampton town centre has been removed by the borough council.

A number of people contacted the Chronicle & Echo after they had noticed the tent had been pitched on land known as ‘Rat Island’, near the site of the former Greyfriars bus station, earlier this week.

A spokesman for Northampton Borough Council said staff visited the tent twice on Thursday to try to make contact with the occupants but did not find anybody. The tent was then removed.

Councillor Stephen Hibbert, cabinet member for housing, said: “Borough Council staff visited the tent twice on Thursday but found no occupants. A further visit was made on Friday and again no occupants were found inside the tent, which has now been removed.

“As a result we spoke with our partners at Northamptonshire Police who were aware of who the occupants were and they are now being helped by local support services.”