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We live in village where homeowners were forced out and we’re overrun by squatters & druggies… it didn't need to happen | The Sun
THE balaclava-clad HS2 security look menacing as they patrol the empty mansions to deter squatters and drug gangs.
They guard £3million houses which have been turned into cannabis farms and even targeted by religious cults in this leafy corner of Staffordshire.
Angry locals said upmarket Whitmore has become an "eerie ghost village" after so many houses were bought by HS2 bosses for the doomed link to Manchester.
And villagers claim a dozen elderly residents have died prematurely after being forced from their beloved homes by compulsory purchase orders from the Department of Transport to build the axed high speed rail link.
Retired university researcher Deborah Mallender, 63, said: "HS2 bosses are bully boys forcing people out of their homes.
"It has been a nightmare. They turned into monsters telling people what to do.
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"We’re now up to 12 former residents who have died before their time.
"They loved their homes and were heartbroken that they had to move."
The mum-of-two, who has campaigned about HS2 for years, added: "The area has been ruined by HS2.
"This used to be one of the most desirable places to live in Staffordshire but not any more all because of HS2.
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