In the early hours of this morning bailiffs moved in on the Occupy London camp at Finsbury Square in central London. Bailiffs set up metal fencing around the square as the camp was demolished, and the protesters forced to leave. Police were in attendance to support the bailiffs, and it appears that the eviction was carried out with minimal altercations. Members of the protest did demonstrate peacefully, sitting and refusing to move, one person climbed a tree and was the last to be removed. The BBC have reported that Paul Convery, Islington Council's executive member for community safety, reassured that although "a number of vulnerable and homeless people have been living in the square. We have been speaking to them and offering advice and support to those who need assistance." Islington Council claim that the occupation of the public square cost them as much as £60,000 due to loss of rent from restaurants that closed, security costs and now cleaning. Until yesterday the Finsbury Square camp was the last Occupy site in London. However a small number of protesters yesterday pitched tents on picturesque Hampstead Heath in north London, which is managed by the City of London, with whom they had a tumultuous court case and eviction from outside St. Paul's Cathedral in February. [Photographs via @monkeyphil, @Louise1Wallis and @richwaldron]
Bailiffs evict Occupy London's Finsbury Square camp
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