These protesters were among the most resistant to the police's attempts to clear the site:
At 11pm, an Occupy London Twitter account suggested than a police-led eviction was imminent.
We have reason to believe St. Paul's eviction will occur in the next 48 hours. We will give updates as the situation evolves.
At midnight, City of London Police confirmed their intentions.
– CITY OF LONDON POLICE
The City of London Corporation is ensuring vulnerable people are being helped and supported to find appropriate accommodation in partnership with Broadway, a charity for the homeless.
Waste disposal teams removed tents, equipment and debris from the site.
Whilst the majority of campaigners left peacefully, a defiant core attached themselves to a makeshift wooden structure, proving more difficult for police to remove.
The atmosphere turned tense as those remaining protesters resisted police attention. Some threw cans and liquid at police and media.
Police then turned their attention to demonstrators left on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral.
By just after 4am this morning, the area around the cathedral was clear of tents, equipment and protesters for the first time in five months. Roads were reopened to traffic shortly before 5am.
This Christianity Uncut campaigner describes the moment police first moved in to the site: