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Melbourne squatters evicted - again

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016 Melissa Meehan and Kaitlyn Offer

Squatters at a Melbourne house originally purchased for the dumped East West Link have again been kicked out by police, with one man arrested.

A 25-year-old was arrested for hindering and resisting police at the Bendigo Street property in Collingwood, Superintendent David Clayton told reporters on Wednesday evening.

Seven or eight other trespassers voluntarily left the house after police demands, he said.

A gang armed with chainsaws and wooden planks burst their way into the house, past security employed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

"This morning the trespassers pushed past security and entered the premises. Security felt unsafe and left," Supt Clayton said.

A group had been evicted from the same house late last week.

Supt Clayton said officers would stay at the house until the DHHS security regained control.

Housing Minister Martin Foley on Wednesday requested police help to get rid of the "thugs".

"They are intimidating neighbours, acting in sexually predatory ways to some of the neighbours, annoying and making life intolerable through noise, theft and sewerage problems - it's time they left," Mr Foley told reporters.

He said police would also act on a number of reports regarding weapons, property damage and drug use.

Dozens of squatters were last week evicted from the houses which were compulsorily acquired by the former coalition government for the East West Link project that was later scrapped by Labor.

During the eviction police arrested two women for stealing property and a man was taken into custody over an outstanding warrant.

The squatters have previously demanded the state government make the homes available to some of the 30,000 Victorians on public housing waiting lists.

Mr Foley says some of the vacated properties will be used to house victims of family violence.

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