Islington Council takes legal action after Occupy Finsbury Square protesters stay put

10:52 21 May 2012

Protesters in Finsbury Square

Protesters in Finsbury Square

Archant

Islington Council is taking legal action against the protesters and homeless people in Finsbury Square after they failed to leave.

The council will begin formal proceedings to “regain possession” of the public square after the occupiers flouted a legal notice requiring them to be out by 4pm on Friday.

It said homeless people will all be offered “somewhere they can go”.

Cllr Paul Convery, Islington Council’s executive member for community safety, said: “The council has consistently supported the right to peaceful protest and we have tolerated Occupy’s presence at Finsbury Square.

“Many of the Occupy movement members have said that they will leave the square and are making preparations to do so. I thank them for that and now ask them to honour that promise. They also offered to remove graffiti and restore the park as best they can. Again, this would be welcome. The council faces deep and ongoing cuts to its budget from central government, so if the protesters leave the site voluntarily they will save Islington taxpayers from shelling out.

“There are a number of vulnerable and homeless people currently living in the square. The council aims to speak to each and every one of those people to offer them somewhere they can go.”

The camp was started as an anti-capitalism protest in October.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Frankie Bridge may not have lifted the glitterball trophy, but she’s living the dream – both on and off the dancefloor.

Read more

TV presenter Caroline Flack jumped for joy as she and Pasha Kovalev lifted the glitterball trophy after becoming ballroom victors.

Read more

It’s 30 years since the film came out and it’s still utterly watchable, even for the cast.

Read more

Promoted content

We've got a great selection of Secret Santa presents and stocking fillers for under a tenner...  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Office Secret Santa: it’s a Christmas ritual that everyone dreads, but no-one wants to seem like a Scrooge by saying no. Never fear, London24 is here to make buying gifts for Dave in Accounts simple and stress-free, with a selection of presents for under a tenner

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

And they have a role to play in saving their species.

Twinkle, twinkle you little stars – thanks for making your homes so festive.

Offers for university places are at a record high.

Quirky London