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Two arrested after balcony protest

Two people who staged a balcony protest in the heart of the capital after fellow activists and squatters were forced from a prime office building have been arrested.

A group calling themselves "Love Activists" took over the heritage-listed Cavell House on Charing Cross Road, near Leicester Square in London, at the weekend.

They planned to host a Christmas lunch for the homeless at the building, which they dubbed Love HQ.

Police said they were called by bailiffs to the Grade II-listed property at about 8am today to prevent a breach of the peace.

Most left the building at that point but two - a man and woman - stayed on a balcony while protesters gathered on the street below, carrying signs and chanting: "Homes not banks! Housing is a human right!"

Scotland Yard said they both came down this evening and the pair, a man aged 22 and a woman aged 21, were arrested on suspicion of breaching a court order.

A spokesman said: "They currently remain in custody at a central London police station."

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