http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-26936135 Scientology Gateshead building still empty after seven years (excerpt) The Church of Scientology, famous for its Hollywood celebrity followers, once hailed its new home in north-east England as a centre for spiritual enlightenment. Several years on, the building lies empty and is a haven for squatters and drug users. So will it ever open? The Windmill Hills former school and care home in Gateshead looks like the ideal setting for a ghost story. Damp and derelict, the spooky Victorian day school sits at the mercy of vandals, squatters and the elements. However, the Church of Scientology, which boasts among its followers Tom Cruise and John Travolta, paints a different picture on one of its web pages. Beside a sparkling image of the Grade II listed building, the text says the church's new branch will be based in the building and aim to make northern England "strong, prosperous and enlightened". The date at the bottom reads 2009.