Squatters peacefully leave former office building after eviction order

Members of the Peterborough Squatters Autonomy after the court case
Members of the Peterborough Squatters Autonomy after the court case
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Squatters have peacefully left a former office building after occupying it for nearly a fortnight.

The protesters, who call themselves the Peterborough Squatters Autonomy, are said to have left Aqua House, at East Station Road, over the evening of Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29.

The building is owned by Peterborough City Council which secured an interim possession order on Wednesday.

The order, which the council had 48 hours to hand to the squatters, gave them 24 hours to leave the premises.

A member of the Peterborough Squatters Autonomy had said on Wednesday the group would decide whether to leave peacefully or resist eviction.

A Peterborough City Council spokesman said: “An interim possession order was served to the protestors occupying Aqua House on Thursday, May 28. This gave them 24 hours to leave the building.

“The order has been adhered to by the group and council officers are now securing the property.

“The interim possession order means that any group or person trespassing in Aqua House during the next 12 months can be arrested and prosecuted.”

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