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Hull 'tent city' protesters evicted from Queens Gardens

Council workers look on to a row of tents
Image caption Hull City Council started removing the tents 21 hours after an eviction order came into force on Wednesday at 16:00 GMT

Homeless protesters in a "tent city" have been evicted by Hull City Council.

About 15 tents set up in Queens Gardens in the city centre on 4 November.

An eviction order was handed by a judge, requiring them to leave by 16:00 GMT on Wednesday, but the protesters defied the court ruling.

Campaigners have been lobbying for permanent accommodation but the authority said there were "enough spaces" in hostels and shelters to keep people off the city's streets.

TV presenter Jeremy Kyle visited the site on Wednesday as the order expired, causing a small disturbance as abuse was shouted at him.

Image caption There were scenes of a small disturbance as TV presenter Jeremy Kyle and his team turned up at the site

Protest organiser Haydn Jessop said the presenter's visit was not designed to coincide with the eviction order deadline.

Hull City Council said that outreach workers "continued to engage with any of the remaining rough sleepers to offer support and hostel accommodation".

The authority was also granted a court injunction forbidding the protesters from setting up camp on any other council-owned land.

The BBC has approached Jeremy Kyle's production team for a comment.

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