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.
– Shadow justice minister Andy Slaughter
Homeowners around the country are concerned about squatters and rightly want assurances from this Tory-led Government that their properties will be protected.
The distress squatters can cause to families, as well as the financial damage they do, is completely unacceptable.
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."