Ritchie’s London Mansion Raided By Squatters

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February 15, 2011 | 4:25am EST

Director Guy Ritchie’s $9 million London house has been overtaken by squatters.
The Sherlock Holmes moviemaker bought the property in the British capital’s posh Fitzrovia area last May and hired a construction company to renovate the building.

However a group of squatters, part of the Really Free School, took advantage of the U.K.’s squatters’ rights laws and moved into the building at the weekend.

A neighbour tells Britain’s The Sun, “Police said the squatters will move in in force – and bring a grand piano.”

In Britain, a person can claim a right to stay in an empty property as long as they don’t break and enter.