29 Feb 2012

Police evict St Paul's Cathedral protesters

5:24 am on 29 February 2012

Police and bailiffs have dismantled Occupy London's campsite clearing one of the longest-surviving encampments inspired by the New York protest against capitalism.

Vans loaded with police arrived at the site just midnight on Tuesday.

Authorities have an eviction order allowing them to remove the activists' tents from the site of St Paul's Cathedral, though not the protesters themselves.

There are several dozen protesters at the site, down from hundreds at the height of the camp.

Police in riot gear formed lines nearby but there were no reports of arrests.

The City of London Corporation, which owns the site, urged the activists to move on peacefully.