A school in Highgate has been taken over by squatters, in a midst of a row between the Council and an education trust. Council officials want to turn the former Ashmount Primary School into social housing.
But they're facing opposition from an organisation that wants to convert it to a free school. So it remained empty until the squatter moved in as Luke Hanrahan reports.
A group of squatters who moved into Friern Barnet Library have been given three weeks to allow them to put together a case to stay there so they can keep it running. The decision at Barnet County Court could mean a stay of execution for the library.
Barnet Council closed it in April and wants to sell the building. However, local people have donated books to the squatters so they can keep the library running.
Crispin Blunt, Minister for Prisons and Probation, said the existing laws on squatting were too complicated. He added: "If you are illegally, knowingly, or ought to know, in improper possession of someone else's house, it's an offence."