Occupy London protest camp slapped with court order to quit Mile End Park

17:29 09 May 2012

Occupy London camp at Mile End Park

Occupy London camp at Mile End Park

Carmen on shift

A possession order has been granted by a judge to close down an Occupy London protest camp set up in a public park in east London.

Tower Hamlets Council gained the order at Bow County Court today for the land occupied in Mile End Park since the beginning of April.

“They’ve agreed to go by the weekend,” a Town Hall spokesman told the Advertiser.

“But if they haven’t gone by Monday, we’ll apply for a High Court Sheriff to have the occupiers moved from the park.”

The camp was set up after anti-capitalist protesters evicted from Communities Agency property near the entrance to the Limehouse Link traffic tunnel in March, after their earlier eviction from the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral before Christmas.

The latest action came after complaints to police by Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park nearby, who run London’s biggest urban nature reserve at Mile End, that trees had been damaged for firewood.

The camp protesters originally asked for firewood from the Friends organisation and were allowed to take only discarded timber that could not be recycled. But cemetery managers soon discovered several sycamore trees had been damaged.

The authority came in for criticism from Opposition councillors for taking six weeks to apply for an order to reclaim Mile End Park.

But Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman said today: “We will now move quickly to reclaim the land with the support of the courts.

“I support the principles of the Occupy movement, but feel they have done their movement a disservice by occupying a park where kids play football and senior citizens walk their dogs.”

The notice to quit was served this-afternoon by council officials on the protest campaigners who have now promised to move on.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The inicdent took place near Station Road and Ranelagh Road in Harlesden (Photo: Google StreetView)

Police have arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of murder after a fatal stabbing in Harlesden last night.

Monday, June 29, 2015
The trial continues at the Old Bailey

A woman accused of killing a suspected paedophile has denied stabbing him but admitted to “poking” him with a knife following a confrontation, a court heard today.

Monday, June 29, 2015
Police want to speak to this man about the schoolgirl's 'frightening' ordeal (Photo: BTP)

Police are hunting a pervert who groped a 15-year-old girl on her way to school - and even followed her when she changed lines.

Monday, June 29, 2015
Police want to speak to this woman about the incident (Photo: Metropolitan Police)

Police want to speak to a woman in her sixties after an osteoporosis sufferer was knocked to the floor in a dispute over a priority seat on a bus.

Monday, June 29, 2015
Police want to speak to this man, who was carrying a silver mountain bike (Photo: British Transport Police)

Police have released CCTV images to find a witness to an ‘unprovoked attack’ which saw two people sprayed with a chemical on a London Overground train at South Tottenham.

Monday, June 29, 2015
(Picture: Met Police)

A 29-year-old who was sectioned after flashing members of the public has gone missing from a Tottenham hospital, police said on Sunday.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more
£100 worth of pet goodies up for grabs!

Animal lovers rejoice! It’s time to treat your pooch or spoil your kitty with a hamper worth £100 from Feedem.

Read more