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Three in court in squat arrests

Police stormed a squat last night in Brighton, in what is believed to be the first raid of its kind since new anti-squatting laws came into force. Three were arrested.

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Three men charged with squatting appear in court

Three men charged with squatting in the wake of a change in the law on Saturday 1st September have appeared before Brighton magistrates.

Dirk Duputell, 29, Alistair Cannell, 22 and Tobias Sedgwick, 22 all of no fixed address and unemployed have been charged with squatting in a residential building, abstracting electricity and obstructing a police officer.

The three men who were all arrested at a property in London Road in Brighton on Monday 3 September pleaded not guilty to the charges. They were released on bail to reappear before the courts on 30 October at a hearing to commit the case to crown court.

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