Devon

Legal notices served on Occupy Totnes protesters

People taking part in a global protest about corporate greed have been issued with notices about legal action in Devon.

The Occupy Totnes camp was set up on 30 November behind the town's Civic Hall.

It is the third such demonstration in Devon - believed to have been sparked by the Occupy Wall Street movement in the US and copied across the UK.

South Hams District Council said it intended to apply for a possession order at a court hearing on Wednesday.

The application will be made at Torquay and Newton Abbot County Court in Torquay.

Public disruption

The council said the notices were part of the legal process required should the protesters not leave the site and if it became necessary to move them.

Council leader John Tucker said: "We acknowledge everyone's right to protest, but we cannot continue to support a situation where the public is disrupted in this way.

"Recently, the council invested a large sum of money restoring this area and we should protect the assets where public money has been spent."

The Occupy movement against economic and social inequality, has spread to many of the world's major cities.

In Devon, camps were also set up in Exeter and Plymouth.

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