Protesters occupy Liverpool's Tinlings Building

Tinlings Building
Image caption About 20 protesters are occupying the building in Liverpool city centre

A group of protesters from Occupy Liverpool has taken over an empty city centre building.

The protesters, who were camped on St George's Plateau, occupied Tinlings Building on the corner of Crosshall Street and Victoria Street on Sunday.

One of the group, James Adams, said they would stay "as long as possible".

Merseyside Police said patrols were giving the area "passing attention" to ensure there was no disruption to traffic or pedestrians.

Mr Adams said: "There are about 20 of us in here.

"We're here for an occupation and at the moment we are trying to make the place more liveable and communal."

'Establish intentions'

A police spokesman said: "Merseyside Police is aware that a group of people entered a building in Crosshall Street on Sunday, 8 January and are currently remaining inside.

"Officers have been trying to speak to members of the group to establish what their intentions are.

"Efforts have also been made to liaise with the owner of the building itself, which was unoccupied at the time."

The protesters set up camp in Liverpool in November at the Lime Street end of William Brown Street, part of Liverpool world heritage site's Cultural Quarter.

They said they were supporting the protests that began on Wall Street and spread to London's St Paul's Cathedral and other cities.

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