TOTAL VICTORY FOR JNC AT EVICTIONS
Warwickshire Cricket Club Houses Pershore Road :- Bailiffs and the Police turned up at 0900 hrs and took possession of 310,312 and 314 Pershore Road where we did not resist the eviction. At 318 Pershore Road the occupants resisted the bailiffs and staged a rooftop protest.
The bailiffs, using Cricket Club contractors, smashed the front door open and removed all but 1 occupant, who was the protester on the roof. The bailiff was recorded as saying that the roof protester could ” Stay there all day as it didn’t matter, he was outside”
Our response was that the fact that a person was on the roof and occupying the land was not sufficient to have taken possession on behalf of the Cricket Club. The bailiffs ignored us and left after 20 minutes. They returned later and spent a considerable time trying to get the protester down without success. They eventually left without taking possession of the building, which is still under our control and is occupied.
BEECHWOOD HOTEL :- The bailiffs arrived at 11am accompanied by several police Officers and the Hotel owner Mr Kang. There were 8 people on
the hotel roof and many more inside. The Bailiffs asked us to leave and we refused. A locksmith attended and left after a short time.
The Police sat in their vehicle talking to Mr Kang and Bailiffs for 90 minutes and left without any explanation. We still occupy the hotel and will now continue to clean up the Conservation area at the rear.
This is a major victory for homeless people, residents and land conservation and we are obviously delighted with the result. We are also concerned that despite our requests we have had no communication with either WCCC or Mr Kang regarding our wish to rent the property and manage them properly paying rent to the respective owners. We will continue to attempt negotiations and hope to resolve the matter without causing the owners any more costs in instructing bailiffs.
We would like to thank all our supporters who stood with us today and the many hundreds of emails and calls of support. We would also like to thank West Midlands Police for their efficient courteous and fair handling of their operation. There were no incidents and no arrests made.