Coventry & Warwickshire

University of Warwick protest: Sit-in ends after court order

Protesters who occupied a building at the University of Warwick for more than a week have finally left.

The students had been staging a sit-in at the Rootes Building in anger over the way a previous anti-fees demonstration was broken up.

A High Court repossession order meant the protesters had to be out by 17:00 BST on Friday.

West Midlands Police is investigating whether "disproportionate force" was used in the original anti-fees protest.

'Forced to go'

University of Warwick spokesman Peter Dunn said it was forced to act after the protesters failed to leave the Rootes building voluntarily.

"We are glad the protest has now ended peacefully," he said.

But University of Birmingham student Hattie Craig, a national campaigner against student fees who took part in the sit-in, said the university's response was disproportionate.

"People have been forced to go because the university has effectively made them criminals if they stay," she said.

Three people were arrested during the disorder that followed the original protest at the Coventry campus on Wednesday 3 December.

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