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Russian Embassy's UK Countryside Hideaway Targeted By Angry Villager

Claire Reid

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Russian Embassy's UK Countryside Hideaway Targeted By Angry Villager

Featured Image Credit: Triangle News

A villager living near Russia’s countryside UK embassy hideaway has been targeting the building following the country’s invasion of Ukraine. 

Grade II-listed Seacox Heath is located down a half-mile long driveway and can’t be seen from the road. 

The castle is set on the outskirts of villages Hawkhurst in Kent and Flimwell in East Sussex. Built back in 1871, the four-storey property is used by Russian diplomats. 

Credit: Google Maps
Credit: Google Maps

However, following the invasion of Ukraine, one angry local has decided to show a display of solidarity. 

Rebecca De Saintonge has placed a string of Ukrainian flags alongside the fence surrounding the building and has urged others to do the same. 

She said: “I decided it looked a bit bare. There's space for lots more if you're in the area.”

Seacox Heath was given to the Soviet government by Lord Gushen after World War Two.

Earlier this month, squatters occupied a Russian oligarch’s London mansion. 

Rebecca De Saintonge placing yellow and blue flags outside Seacox Heath. Credit: Triangle News
Rebecca De Saintonge placing yellow and blue flags outside Seacox Heath. Credit: Triangle News

A spokesperson from Met Police told LADbible: "Police were called shortly after 01:00hrs on Monday, 14 March to a residential property in Belgrave Square, SW1. 

"Officers attended and found that a number of people had gained entry and hung banners from upstairs windows. 

"Officers remain at the location."

They hung a Ukrainian flag and two signs - one reading ‘this property has been liberated’ and another saying ‘Putin go f**k yourself’. 

In a statement, they said: "By occupying this mansion, we want to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine, but also the people of Russia who never agreed to this madness.

"You occupy Ukraine, we occupy you."

The protestors were removed from the property within hours with police making four arrests.

One of the protestors, who did not want to be named, told Sky News: "All our group made peace with arrest because this was always one of the options.

"I'm ready to take the consequences for something I believe.”

He said the group left no criminal damage in the property and claimed they did ‘everything by the book’.

If you would like to donate to the Red Cross Emergency Appeal, which will help provide food, medicines and basic medical supplies, shelter and water to those in Ukraine, click here for more information.

Topics: UK News, Russia

Claire Reid
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