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Could this be curtains for the Occupy camp at St Paul’s?

Posted at 3:30 pm, January 18, 2012 in News

Occupy St Pauls eviction © Abigail LelliottAt 2.30pm today (January 18), the City of London Corporation learned that it had won its high court bid to evict anti-capitalist protesters from outside St Paul’s Cathedral. Speaking from the Royal Courts of Justice, the Judge Mr Justice Lindale said that ‘The City had no sensible choice but to do what it has. Conscious of its duties under statute, it gave the defendants an ample opportunity to remove the protest camp without the need for time and money to be spent in legal proceedings. It has, I believe, behaved both responsibly and fairly throughout.’ Legal action was brought by the City of London Corporation, which claimed that the Occupy London camp – a protest against the banking system and the government’s response to the financial crisis – was attracting vulnerable people, and there were concerns about sanitation, safety and vandalism. Soon after the announcement, a lawyer for the City speaking in the courtroom, has asked the protesters to remove all tents, bedding and so on ‘forthwith’. Occupy protestors say they are highly likely to appeal the decision….watch this space. Rebecca Taylor

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