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Squatter in London flat jailed under new law

27 September 2012 Last updated at 21:52 BST

A 21-year-old man squatting in a central London property has become the first person to be jailed under the new anti-squatting law.

Alex Haigh from Plymouth was arrested by police at the flat in Cumberland Street, Pimlico, on 2 September.

Haigh, who admitted to squatting in a residential property, was jailed for 12 weeks by Westminster Magistrates' Court.

But neighbours seemed surprised at the sentence.