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London 2012: Order to limit basketball venue protest

  • 4 April 2012
  • From the section London

A judge has ordered protesters to cease "unlawful activity" at a half-built Olympic basketball venue - after telling the court he has game tickets.

Occupy London demonstrators are camped on Leyton Marsh, east London, with local residents in a bid to prevent the building of the training hall.

Mr Justice Arnold told the High Court that he had tickets for an Olympic basketball match.

But he made an order "restraining unlawful activity" at the site.

At the start of the hearing, the judge said: "As it happens I do have tickets for one of the basketball matches."

None of the protesters objected to the judge making a ruling on the issue.

About 20 demonstrators have been preventing trucks from entering the site.

Lawyers representing the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) had asked for an "urgent injunction" so that work could resume.

They claimed campaigners had "harassed and threatened" construction workers building the centre on land known as Porter's Field.

Planners gave permission on the basis that the centre would be demolished and land restored to its previous condition after the Games.

Mr Justice Arnold said the ODA was building the facility as part of an agreement with the regional park authority.

The injunction will run for 14 days, then the ODA will have to renew its application.

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