SQUATTERS have been removed from the Kursaal building after a former member of staff was allegedly assaulted.

Disco Bowl Ltd closed without notice, having only taken over parts of the building weeks earlier, and squatters moved in despite 24 hour security being put in place.

The site has now been cleared.

A spokesman for Southend Council said: “The individuals squatting in the Kursaal were removed from the building on Thursday, May 9 following an incident involving one of the squatters and a member of the public.

“We understand, following an inspection with the security and building management team, that minimal damage was caused to the building.”

The fire service was also at the scene in the Rendezvous Car Park at the side of Kursaal building, on Thursday, May 9, at around 9pm.

An eyewitness reported: “I saw fire services went through the back door of the Kursaal, which is a fire exit – and I know this because I used to work there.

“They have also had a team of security guarding outside since all the squatters moved in. Obviously they can’t force entry to the place because of whatever squatters’ law they have.

“Somebody went in to the building who used to work there to collect some personal belongings and some of the squatters ran him out.”

The Kursaal bowling alley unexpectedly closed down in February earlier this year, leaving customers shocked and confused.

The following month, it was announced that Disco Bowl Limited would be taking over and re-opening the well-known bowling alley.

Again, to the town’s dismay, the Kursaal suddenly closed its doors without warning again last month.

No explanation has been provided for the closure despite repeated requests.

Shortly after the most recent closure a man well-known in the area for “moving in” to empty buildings, placed a sign outside to explain he will be occupying the building under squatter’s rights.

He then posted a video delivering a speech saying how the iconic building should be a museum.

As well as a bowling alley, the building – which belongs to the council – also housed a soft play area for children, and an arcade.

It is not yet clear what will happen next to the famous Southend landmark building.