A landowner is taking legal action for a second time to remove rough sleepers living in a woodland area next to a canal path.

Makeshift shelters with tents and washing lines can be seen through the trees and bushes by the canal path off Advent Way by the border of Chingford and Upper Edmonton.

The Transport for London (TfL)- owned land was home to around 30 eastern European migrants last year and was described by anglers as resembling a "mini Calais" and "shantytown in Rio".

The group of men abandoned the camp in October 2014 after TfL secured a high court possession order to reclaim the land.

TfL are now in the process of returning to the High Court to re-instate the possession order.

A spokeswoman, said: "We are aware that there are a number of people illegally living on TfL land near the Cooks Ferry roundabout in Edmonton.

"We are taking the relevant legal action to remove them from the site, and are working with the local authority as well as the emergency services to agree measures to prevent their return to the site.

"Once they have been evicted, we will take swift action to tidy and clean up the area."

Victor Corbett, 33, who has been repairing his canal boat along the river for the past three weeks, said he 'regularly sees the men putting up tents and going to Wickes to try and find work'.

The discovery of their return to the wooded area comes after the Guardian found up to 20 tents close by at the A406 Cooks Ferry underpass on Thursday (October 1).

Access to one area where tents are lined up is gained by climbing over a dual carriageway barrier and walking over a wooden plank placed over a waterway.

Thames Water secured an eviction order to remove the illegal camp eight weeks ago.

The utility giant has confirmed it is "investigating" the encampment, but is yet to say what action will be taken.

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

Close up of living conditions and cooking facilities underneath A406 flyover