Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Warning to Businesses over Fear of Further Activist Occupations

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Warning to Businesses over Fear of Further Activist Occupations

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Byline: Rob Parsons

BUSINESSES in the Square Mile are being urged to look out for anti-capitalist protesters trying to take over other high profile buildings amid fears that St Paul's cathedral activists are planning more occupations.

A letter from City of London police headed "terrorism/ extremism update" has been sent to the business community. It calls on office workers to report any signs of "urban exploration" by members of the Occupy London movement.

Campaigners have been camped in the courtyard of St Paul's since October 15. The group also occupies Finsbury Square in Islington as well as an abandoned UBS-owned office block in Hackney which it has called a "Bank of Ideas".

The letter warns that activists "aspire to identify other locations to occupy" and that police have received many reports of "hostile reconnaissance". It says: "All are asked to be vigilant regarding suspected reconnaissance, particularly around empty buildings.

"You may encounter an increase in persons filming for the purpose of national or activist media. …

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