Bailiffs use cherry picker to remove squatters from former police station roof in Clapham
Bailiffs have removed protestors occupying a former police station near where Sarah Everard was kidnapped.
A cherry picker was deployed to Cavendish Road Police Station in Clapham, South London, to remove ‘squatters and activists’.
The group, who call themselves ‘Serious Annoyance’, took over the building on March 22 amid a wave of ‘Kill the Bill’ demonstrations.
The former police station was taken over in protest against the controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
It is also understood to be on the final route taken by 30-year-old Sarah Everard before she was kidnapped around 9.25pm on March 3.
A cherry picker is part of the operation to remove the protestors occupying the former police station on Cavendish Road in south London
Lines of bailiffs in high-vis jackets are seen blocking the road while the eviction takes place
The former police station occupied by the protestors is not far from where Sarah Everard was kidnapped on March 3
A line of bailiffs wearing yellow jackets was seen outside the abandoned property on Monday morning.
A blue and white crane could also be seen trying to remove demonstrators from the roof of the building, which had been daubed in ‘Kill the Bill’ grafitti and anti-police posters.
One stated reads ‘Fight like a girl’ with the circle-A anarchist symbol.
The operation was briefly interrupted when the protestors climbed onto the arm of the crane, but it resumed and is understood to have concluded by around 10.30am.
It is understood no arrests have been made.
The group of ‘squatters and autonomous activists’ previously said they had occupied the abandoned police station to demand the withdrawal of the and the ‘end of the femicide’ following the death of Sarah Everard.
They were expecting police and bailiffs to attend after the court granted an eviction order.
They group said: ‘We refuse to give in to their attempts at intimidation as they seek to crush our protest.
The building occupation comes amid ongoing protests against the police and controversial anti-protest legislation
The boarded up building was a former police station and was being sold off by the Met Police force amid cost cutting measures
‘Kill the Bill’ could be seen daubed in white paint across the side of the building as the protestors were removed
The cherry picker crane can be seen in the background as lines of bailiffs block off the street
Timeline of the Bristol protests:
Sunday, March 21:
Around 3,000 were protesting the new policing bill peacefully on College Green before a hardcore of 500 activists arrived outside Bridewell Police Station in Bristol city centre.
They torched police vans, smashed windows of buildings and attacked officers.
Avon and Somerset Police is investigating assaults on 40 officers and one member of the media.
Tuesday, March 23:
Two days after the riot around 100 demonstrators gathered on College Green in the heart of the city’s student area.
On this occasion there was no rioting, but one witness described officers’ dispersal of the protesters as ‘quite heavy-handed’, which was ‘shocking to see.’
Ten arrests were made after what police called unacceptable ‘violent conduct’ at the third Kill the Bill demonstration in Bristol.
Some 300 people initially joined a protest march through the city centre against the Government’s new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill on Friday night, before the crowd swelled to more than 1,000 as tempers flared.
‘The state knows that the majority of people stand against this authoritarian bill seeking to criminalise protest and trespass.
‘They know that we will not stand for this assault on our lives, so we will continue to fight it as long as we stand.’
The occupation of the former police station comes amid ongoing protests against the police and anti-protest legislation across the UK.
Scenes of violence erupted in Bristol over the past week, with demonstrators seen hurling fireworks and eggs at riot officers.
The legislation would give police in England and Wales more power to impose conditions on non-violent protests, including those deemed too noisy or a nuisance, with those convicted under the bill liable to fines or jail terms.
More protests are planned for next Saturday in London, as well as other cities including Plymouth and Bournemouth, as demonstrators call for a ‘National Weekend of Action’ over the Easter break.
Yesterday an investigation carried out by the Mail revealed the activities of the activists occuping the building.
An undercover Mail on Sunday reporter infiltrated the group and found that there was drinking, drug-taking and partying.
A poster posted on the door of the building called for ‘an end to male violence, a defunding of police and a refunding of communities’.
It adds: ‘The police have not shied away from shamelessly harming those grieving and responding to Sarah Everard’s murder and we will continue to resist their force.
‘We intend to use this space for political education as well as a rejection of land and property ownership. As the closest cop shop to where Sarah was last seen, the occupation of this building holds particular importance and meaning at this time.’
Balaclava-clad activists on the roof kept lookout, while a guard on the main gate vetted newcomers with questions such as: ‘Are you an undercover police officer?’
The Met Police and Lambeth Council were contacted for comment.
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