Eviction process to begin as protesters remain in Peterborough building

Squatters have moved into Aqua House at East Station Road, Peterborough EMN-150517-172519009

Squatters have moved into Aqua House at East Station Road, Peterborough EMN-150517-172519009

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Legal proceedings to evict protesters who have moved into Aqua House in Peterborough will be started tomorrow by the city council.-

The protesters moved into the abandoned Peterborough City Council building on Saturday night, putting up large anti-austerity posters and banners on the side of the former office block.

Speaking to the Peterborough Telegraph, one of the protesters said: “We are willing to stay here for as long as we can.

“The support we have had from passing motorists and others has been fantastic. They have been bringing us food and water and other things.

“We want to make a change, so vulnerable people can get help. There is not enough support for these people. We hope this protest will achieve change in Peterborough.”

But today a Peterborough City Council spokesman said: “We intend tomorrow (Wednesday 20 May) to start the process within the courts to obtain an interim possession order for Aqua House.

“This will give us the legal right to evict the protestors that are unlawfully occupying the building. We will be supported by the police during any eviction and very much hope and expect the occupiers to peacefully leave the building. It could be at least a week until we have the necessary legal powers to complete any eviction.

“We will also carry out a risk assessment to ensure the safety of those who are currently trespassing in Aqua House. Officers from Cambridgeshire Police will continue to visit the site on a regular basis.”