Library protesters occupy bank

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A BANK branch in Sheffield city centre was occupied by protesters angry at cuts to library services.

The campaigners, including members of controversial group UK Uncut, staged the protest at the Nat West branch, on Sheffield High Street.

One of the demonstrators said: “We chose the bank because it is 83 per cent state-owned. There were 25 of us who sat down inside the branch and everyone took out books. There was a story-telling session where library staff read children’s stories.

“A young mother then read a story to everyone, before a man stood up and began reading quotes from books about the English Civil War and from the writings of Chaucer.”

The protester said the campaigners were peaceful and did not interrupt normal activities at the branch during the protest on Saturday lunchtime - and that they left when the branch closed at 2pm.

“The event aimed to celebrate English literature and the importance of libraries. The bank staff were fantastic with us - allowing us to proceed and just asking us to keep fire exits clear.”