Nottingham Occupy eviction bid goes to trial

A legal battle over a Nottingham protest camp must go to a full trial, a judge has ruled.

The Occupy demonstration began in the city's Old Market Square on 15 October.

The city council started legal action to evict the protesters at the end of February but a decision has twice been deferred.

Now a judge at Nottingham County Court has ruled there were sufficient human rights issues to merit a three-day trial, scheduled for 30 April.

The Occupy movement, which has set up camps in a number of cities, focuses on what it sees as the unfair financial system.

Those in Nottingham argue the square is public land and they have every right to be there.

The council said while it had maintained a dialogue with protesters, the city centre was an unsuitable place for the tents.

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