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Squatters on the balcony of Cavell House, after police officers attended the building at the request of bailiffs

Squatters on the balcony of Cavell House, after police officers attended the building at the request of bailiffs

Squatters on the balcony of Cavell House, after police officers attended the building at the request of bailiffs

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 yesterday 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 last night 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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