Lancashire

Arrested protesters squatting at Lancaster hotel released

Protesters
Image caption Protesters outside the police station in Lancaster

Four squatting protesters arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage at a disused Lancaster hotel have been released without charge.

Occupy Lancaster was in the Railton Hotel claiming squatters' rights.

Police officers were called to the hotel on Sunday at about 16:00 GMT following reports of a break-in.

Two men from Lancaster, aged 30 and 47, a Morecambe man, also 47, and a woman, 28, from Lancaster, were arrested.

Twenty-five people staged what police described as a "peaceful protest" at a police station in Thurnham Street following the incident. A small group remained outside the station until their release.

Occupy Lancaster is protesting about the banking system and the way it affects ordinary people.

The group camped in Dalton Square in the city in November, after the public sector strike, and stayed until 24 December.

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