Squatters resisted an eviction for most of the morning on St Philips Road, Bristol before voluntarily leaving at 10:30am. Two blacked out vehicles with bailiffs arrived at the Greensource Solutions warehouse in the early morning to evict occupants from the property of the liquidated company.
A small demonstration quickly gathered to resist the eviction, successfully setting back the operation. One person who asked not to be named, told the Cable that “the bailiffs didn’t give notice to squatters of their intention to evict, making the eviction illegal.”
Police later arrived at the scene, arresting one demonstrator after bailiffs accused the person of assault. “It’s simply untrue, the bailiffs pointed them out, accused them of assault and they nicked them”, said one demonstrator. Multiple witnesses at the scene told the Cable that bailiffs had acted violently, and that police had also pointed pepper spray at demonstrators.
While the murky world of private security evictions provides a fig leaf of respite for police and local authorities, it sure won’t help the many Bristolians struggling to put a roof over their heads.