Squatters have been evicted from a former bank near Trafalgar Square. The group, who call themselves “Love Activists” had taken over the disused building in Westminster with plans to open it to homeless people on Christmas Day.
The building is Grade II listed and was leased by the Royal Bank of Scotland, housing a branch of Natwest - which was bailed out following the financial crash of 2008 using £46bn of public cash.
The building has stood empty for 18 months. “Love Activists” say the protest is against the housing crisis in the capital and called the takeover a form of “public repossession”.