‘We are not going away’ say squatters after occupying new Peterborough building

Squatters have now moved to the old job centre building at Westgate EMN-150529-141955009

Squatters have now moved to the old job centre building at Westgate EMN-150529-141955009

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Squatters have moved into a former job centre just hours after being evicted from their previous building.

The group known as the Peterborough Squatters Autonomy have vowed not to go away after taking residence in Frobisher House, Westgate, on the corner of Cromwell Street.

Security moving into Aqua House EMN-150529-141811009

Security moving into Aqua House EMN-150529-141811009

The anti-austerity protesters were evicted from Peterborough City Council-owned Aqua House, East Station Road, after the council secured an interim possession order from the county court.

The order, which was granted by the court on Wednesday (May 27) and handed to the squatters a day later, gave them 24 hours to leave the premises.

But despite leaving Aqua House either late on Thursday or early on Friday, the squatters have quickly taken up a new residence and have put their anti-austerity banners on display.

A spokesman for agents Blackwell Consulting said a trust owns Frobisher House, that the owners are aware of the squatters’ presence and have instructed their solicitors who will take appropriate action.

One of the squatters, who would not confirm when the group left Aqua House or moved into Frobisher House, was unaware of who owned the building.

She added: “We said we would never stop until we see some changes. This is not going to go away.”

Warning that the protesters may resist eviction, she said the group would not leave until they saw an end to austerity and an end to sanctions on people which she said were leaving them on the streets.

After the squatters left Aqua House, 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.”

Read how the squatters left another office block in the city peacefully earlier today