seven weeks after the derelict office of defunct Ilkeston solicitors Walter, Scott and Ross first featured on the Advertiser front page, neighbours and former clients have been back in touch to tell us that no progress has been made in sorting out the site.
According to people living near to the office, on the corner of St Mary’s Street and Jackson Avenue, homeless people have been sleeping inside and school children have been seen coming out of the building.
Windows have been smashed and broken glass covers the grass at the front of the property.
A former client also claims that there are still files inside the building despite pledges in January that it had all been removed.
The owner of the building, Alastair Ross, said any confidential paperwork should have been cleared out by intervention agents from the Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority (SRA).
And he revealed his own frustration at the vandals, claiming he was doing everything in his powers to keep the building secure.
This week the Advertiser spoke to the police, fire service, Erewash Borough Council, the SRA and Mr Ross to find out what they would be doing to solve the problem.
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