Sheffield & South Yorkshire

'Occupy' protesters meet Sheffield church leaders

Church bosses who met Occupy Sheffield protesters have said it provided an opportunity "to reflect".

The Dean of Sheffield Cathedral described the meeting as "really useful and helpful".

The Very Reverend Peter Bradley said: "It's given us a lot to think about and reflect, well, are we representing some of these issues as well as we might."

About six protesters from the Occupy Sheffield camp met church leaders after an invitation from the dean.

"I found it really interesting listening to the protesters and that was the main focus of the meeting, listening to each other," added Mr Bradley.

"I think both the church leaders and the protesters learnt a bit more about each other and about what was really concerning everybody."

The dean said this initial meeting would now make it easier to hold future meetings with the group.

Around 50 campaigners marched from City Hall to the cathedral protesting "against poverty and capitalism" earlier this month, before basing themselves outside the city's cathedral.

When the group originally set up its camp, church members raised concerns about the "important" work in the city being damaged by the camp.

However, protester Deborah Mahmoudieh said: "We are trying to build a more friendly relationship with them."

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