DREARY derelict buildings have been transformed by an artist with a penchant for gangsters and hard nuts.
Michael Caine in his famous role as Jack Carter, Bob Hoskins as the nutty gangster in the Long Good Friday, and the notorious Kray twins now stare down ominously at passers-by in Southchurch Avenue, Southend.
The houses, part of a seafront site due to be used for development of flats, shops and a hotel, have lain empty for years, attracting vandals and antisocial behaviour.
Artist John Bulley said he had grown tired at looking at the eyesore site and decided to do something about it. He said: “It’s a pop-up gallery, a piece of urban art.