Squatters calling themselves the Radical Bank of Brighton of Hove have been ordered to vacate a former Barclays branch at Preston Circus.
At Brighton County Court today (Tuesday 16 June) a judge granted Barclays a possession order for the premises.
The Radical Bank said on Twitter after the case: “Court as expected. Property rights of Barclays win over human rights. Barclays in central Brighton has closed.”
A supporter, Tom Barlow Brown, tweeted: “In court earlier today for verdict on eviction of @RadBankBrighton. Judge said ‘rights cut both ways.’ #Barclays can now evict squatters.”
Some of those occupying the disused bank branch held a protest outside the court although, initially, they protested outside the wrong court. They first went to Brighton Magistrates’ Court instead of the neighbouring county court.
After the judge’s verdict they regrouped ready to make a withdrawal.
— Tom Barlow Brown (@Tom_BBrown) June 16, 2015
— Radical Bank B&H (@RadBankBrighton) June 16, 2015
‘The building will stay empty and become run down so why not let people use it for the good of the community.’ — Radical Bank B&H (@RadBankBrighton) June 15, 2015