Students deny offences related to University of Sussex occupation

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Image caption A number of students occupied Bramber House on the campus at Falmer on 7 February

Four students have denied offences connected to an eight-week occupation at the University of Sussex.

Can Aniker, 21, pleaded not guilty to causing criminal damage at the Brighton campus on 25 March.

He was bailed by Brighton magistrates until 9 September, when he is due to be tried.

Kristina Ilieva, 23, Sarah Beccer, 24, and Caradog Jones, 19, denied obstructing police and are due to appear in court on 17 June.

The protest began on 7 February when a number of students occupied Bramber House on the campus at Falmer, in protest at the university's decision to pass some of its support services, including catering, to external companies.

University authorities initially allowed the occupation until a large protest on 25 March was attended by hundreds of students from around the UK.

Mr Aniker, of Park Village on the university campus, Ms Ilieva, of Station Approach, Falmer, Ms Beccer and Mr Jones, both of Farman Street in Hove, were arrested on 2 April, when a possession order was enforced.

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