Northern Ireland

Occupy Belfast intend to continue bank occupation

PSNI at the scene

Protesters occupying a former bank in Belfast intend to continue occupying the building despite a number leaving following a PSNI investigation.

PSNI officers entered the building at around midday, following reports that a radio had been thrown from a window, narrowly missing a parent and child.

Workers from NIE were called in to cut off the electricity supply.

Seven protesters left shortly afterwards but Occupy Belfast claims a number remain.

Earlier reports suggested all occupants had left and the protest ended.

One protestor told the BBC the building was starting to be used as a place of refuge for the homeless and vulnerable but said they are now without water, electricity or heating.

Occupy Belfast had maintained a presence in the building since January. The bank had lain derelict for a decade before protesters took it over.

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