Special forces veterans rappel into the house to evict squatters while bailiffs storm the building

Comprised of former special forces, firefighters, police and military veterans, SGI is tasked by the police to secure evidence in impossible situations and safely evict protesters.

The squatters were evicted in a special forces-style raid
The squatters were evicted in a special forces-style raid

A team of special forces veterans abseiled into a luxury home to evict squatters in a dramatic operation in London.

They jumped off the roof of an upscale home to evict the unwelcome residents when bailiffs stormed the building.

Former Special Forces veterans rappel down the front of the stunning Mayfair estate.

They were needed to block the windows to prevent squatters from jumping out while bailiffs burst in through the front door.

The abseiling team was part of an organization called Specialist Group International.

Consisting of former special forces, firefighters, police and military veterans, SGI is tasked by the police to secure evidence in seemingly impossible situations and safely evict protesters.







The squatters were evicted from the top window of the building
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Made up of ex-special forces, firefighters, police and military veterans, they evicted the unwelcome residents
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Armed with £3million worth of equipment, two dogs, vans and even a helicopter, the group have previously removed protesters from oil platforms and even underground.

Employed by Bailiff Veritas, the SGI conducted an early morning ambush on the squatters at 4:30 am by ziplining down from the roof.

SGI group leader Peter Faulding, 59, known as the “human mole” because he can crawl through any room and get anywhere, said the operation went “safely.”







The squatters were evicted from a property in Bloomsbury Square, London
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Peter, a former Sussex Parachute Regiment veteran, said his group’s operations have always aimed to remove people safely and respectfully.

After the removal, he said the house was “vandalized” by the squatters.

The father-of-three explained: “We’ve always developed a good relationship with protesters, in all the incidents we’ve dealt with we’ve never had an accident or aggression.







The teams used ropes to rappel down from the building
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Specialist Group International launched its siege-style raid on the Iranian embassy this morning
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“These people in this building were squatters so it was a different approach but even though it’s a ‘raid’ we’re trying to be friendly and respectful.

“We were brought in by the bailiffs because we’re the group that deals with situations that other people can’t handle.

“This incident was a private move, so not a police matter, but I have dealt with every major protest since the Newbury Bypass protests in 1995.







The team after coming back from the rappel clearance
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“We are the only specialist protest removal team in the UK.”

Peter explains the group’s trick to dealing with people in volatile or unpredictable situations, saying the best approach is to offer them a coffee and be compassionate.

“You just have to be caring and treat everyone the same, give them a smile and help them get out safely. We have never had any problems because of that.”







The squatters have been removed from the upscale property
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While the raid was similar to the 1980 raid on the Iranian embassy, ​​Peter says the goal isn’t to go “hard,” but to get in safely.

He explained: “It probably looked a bit like the siege. But like anything military, it’s all about security.

“It wasn’t about intervening harshly – it was about making sure people didn’t get hurt, that’s what we’re all about.







The team used hoists to reach the squatter’s floor and climbed the ledge
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“The main reason for this strategy is to prevent them from getting onto the roof or balconies of the property.

Once there, bailiffs always fail because it becomes too unsafe to remove them. You could fall or injure yourself.

“However, we have a 100 percent safety record, so a few weeks ago we were tasked with launching the operation and rehearsed the plan beforehand under similar conditions.







The squatters were evicted from the property earlier this morning
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Specialist Group International is also trained in evidence preservation, firefighting and rescue operations.

They aim to be compassionate while urging residents to vacate the property immediately.

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