A GROUP of squatters intent on preserving the historic Ocean Hotel and Kings House Bar they recently occupied is calling on volunteers to help keep the Sandown property tidy and clean following recent further vandalism there. 

The building, left derelict and open to the elements following the takeover by the Carlauren Group, was shut down during the Covid-19 lockdown.

VIDEO: Scroll down to see the interior of the Ocean Hotel and King's Bar in Sandown and the damage caused to it.

In March, the building was taken over by squatters, whose mission it was for calls to make immediate repairs. 

The property has been the target of vandals while it laid empty.

Arron Swaffar, of the historical preservation branch of The Nutters Productions, came to inspect the building after learning further damage had been caused.

Isle of Wight County Press: The Ocean Hotel during the early part of the last century.The Ocean Hotel during the early part of the last century.

The documentary film director said: "After hearing more windows had been damaged across the hotel site, I returned to the building on Thursday to see what was going on.

"I was disheartened to find more damage, and nothing yet being done to protect the place.

"Feeling quite upset, I filmed what I could and have put it all in a video, which I think is the most concise way to express my thoughts on this matter and everything that has happened.

Isle of Wight County Press: A smashed stained glass window in the old hotel.A smashed stained glass window in the old hotel.

"I think we are at a point now where I would like to see people down there with brooms, patching the staircase roof, windows and clearing mould."

He appealed for voluntary help to preserve the building.

"If you know a lot of people, then have a think about what your group could do," he said.

Isle of Wight County Press: More damage to windows at the famous historic landmark.More damage to windows at the famous historic landmark.

Squatters who have been living there claim they have been researching the heritage of the seafront property and intend to occupy and clean up the mess there.

The building, almost two centuries old, is steeped in history, with the likes of Charles Darwin and Lewis Carroll having occupied them in the past.

The previous owners had carefully bubble-wrapped it before leaving, with the belief the premises was to become a luxury care facility.

Notices have been placed on the outside of the building, advising any attempt to enter would lead to prosecution.