Sheffield Cathedral’s protest battle to go to court trial

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A TRIAL will be held to rule on legal action taken by Sheffield Cathedral to clear anti-capitalist protesters Occupy Sheffield.

The cathedral is seeking a possession order to evict the camp - which has been set up in the cathedral forecourt since November - and a packed court hearing today adjourned for a two day civil trial.

Protesters waved placards outside Sheffield County Court this morning and extra chairs had to be brought into courtroom 11 to seat them.

High Court judge Mr Justice David Foskett was told that the protest was there ‘without consent’ and had caused ‘disruptions’ by barrister Simon Read, for the cathedral.

He also heard from barrister Michael Paget, representing Occupy, who said the court needed to balance the right to possession and prove there was a ‘pressing social need for it’ when balanced with the human rights of protesters.

See tomorrow’s Star for the full story and reaction.