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Dean calls for Occupy Sheffield protesters to 'move on'

Occupy Sheffield protest at Sheffield Cathedral
Image caption The Occupy Sheffield camp has been outside the cathedral since early November

The Dean of Sheffield Cathedral has called for protesters camped outside the building to leave.

The Very Reverend Peter Bradley said: "As long as they're illegally encamping, I have to say move on."

About 50 members of Occupy Sheffield, who are protesting against "poverty and capitalism", pitched tents outside the cathedral on 5 November.

The protesters said they had also taken over a nearby former Salvation Army building.

Dean Bradley said: "I think there are real opportunities for all people to work for our city and I want to get on with that and not be distracted by having to manage the protest in front of the cathedral."

On Wednesday the protest group said they had occupied a former Salvation Army building on Cross Burgess Street but still planned to keep their cathedral camp going.

Scott, who is a volunteer at Occupy Sheffield, said: "The occupation is an occupy everywhere movement. We're not just 'occupy the cathedral forecourt'.

"We need an indoor space for many reasons - heated indoor space for disabled access, a larger space to hold conferences indoors, away from the rain and snow."

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