Bailiffs arrived to evict the Tesco squatters at about 10 am today, 16th March. A large Police presence including at least six Mounted Police arrived to ensure public order. A large crowd assembled to support the squatters in their attempt to resist the force majeure of Tesco’s bailiffs, who were fully equipped with steel cutters,and a cherrypicker. Despite valiant efforts, the squatters eventually succumbed to a relentless onslaught from the bailiffs, whilst the assembled crowd voiced their displeasure at the aggressive behaviour of the bailiffs, who were protected in their actions by a Police Line. The Police Head of Operations told this reporter that this was a civil matter, and that their role was to keep public order. The actions of all parties was being filmed, and if any criminal behaviour occurred on either side, that this would be investigated.
See Below For Pictures:
Squatters fend off the bailiffs with ladders
The tripod formed the last line of resistance.
A squatter is taken from the roof in a cherry picker.
Squatter pinned down on cherry picker.
The “tripod” squatter attaches himself to the cherry picker.
Angry crowd vent their frustration.
Huge Police presence.
Police pin down protester.
Bailiffs gain control.
The scene at 2 pm.
Final image: The scene after eviction. it is understood that Tesco’s bailiffs will now maintain a permanent presence in the building.