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OCCUPY Sheffield protestors are to downsize their camp outside the city’s Cathedral – but cannot agree how many tents to leave.

The group have met but ‘failed to reach a consensus’ on the way forward.

It comes after cathedral leaders made a final plea for them to leave the forecourt, where they have been camped since November 5, within a week or face potential legal action.

Camp members have recently taken possession of the city’s old Salvation Army citadel on Cross Burgess Street and said they plan to relocate much of the camp there.

Spokesman Jobee said: “We’re staying outside the cathedral. What people are debating is how many tents to leave there.

“We’ve taken some tents down already.”

The group plans a further meeting over the weekend to discuss the matter.

The Very Reverend Peter Bradley, the Dean of Sheffield, has repeatedly asked the camp to leave the cathedral forecourt.

In his latest plea, he said the camp had ‘disrupted’ the cathedral’s work and was a ‘drain on resources’.

The statement from him and the Cathedral Chapter said the camp was unattended and communicated little with the public – but this is contested by protestors.

Mr Bradley said he still hoped protestors would go peacefully so as not to affect development work at the cathedral.

They spoke after Sheffield Cathedral leaders made a final plea for them to leave the forecourt, where they have been camped since November 5, within a week or face potential legal action.

Members of the camp have recently taken possession of the city’s old Salvation Army citadel on Cross Burgess Street and said they would discuss their options at a general camp assembly at 6.30pm today, Friday January 6.

Spokesman Jobee said: “We’ve already been thinking about downgrading here now we have the citadel we could move most things up there and have just a couple of tents at the cathedral.

“We’re not leaving our protest, we’re not going to stop our protest just because we’ve been told we’ve got seven days to leave.”

See tomorrow’s Star for the full story.

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