Security fencing has been erected around a block of empty flats in Essex in order to deter vandalism, it has been reported.

According to the Echo, the temporary fencing solutions have been installed to keep the site, in Great Wakering, secure in advance of a possible reopening of the apartments next year.

The group of 19 flats and four houses have been empty for eight months and have been beset by problems.

While building work first began in 2007, the original contractor went bankrupt and the building has suffered an arson attack.

A spokeswoman for South Anglia Housing said: "We have erected a security fence around the premises because there was vandalism on the premises which caused damage and also one of the contractors went bankrupt, so we needed to find another one."

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