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Occupy: Protesters have left St Paul's

The protesters cut themselves free around 10pm after City of London Police entered the cathedral, an occupy spokesman said.

He said they decided to cut themselves free after being warned by officers that they faced arrest.

They have now left the cathedral.

Some of the awareness-raising they wanted to do has been done.

The Dean has also agreed to meet them and talk.

– Occupy spokesman

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Dean of St Paul's: 'I'm sorry they have decided to do this'

The Very Reverend Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul's, said he and a member of Occupy Faith, the group's religious wing, were leading a prayer when the women came up and started shouting.

It will be a long cold night if they want to stay there. I don't know what they want to do.

I'm just sorry they have decided to do this, which makes it hard for members of Occupy Faith, who have been working together with us on something which is respectful.

We also disagree with the way in which some protesters are continuing to pursue the agenda of conflict with St Paul's, rather than consulting with us about how together we might better achieve the reforms which many people including Occupy are looking for.

– Dean of St Paul's, The Very Reverend Dr David Ison

Police allow protesters to stay in St Paul's

Police are allowing female protesters to remain in St Paul's and are no longer present within the cathedral, a spokesman for City of London police said.

Staff at the cathedral told police they were happy for the activists to remain and so officers left the building but maintained a presence outside to police the protest there, the spokesman said.

Protesters opened a large banner on the cathedral steps with the slogan "throw the money-changers out of the temple". The action came as the anti-greed group marks the anniversary of its now dismantled protest camp outside the cathedral.

Women in St Paul's Cathedral pulpit protest

Female activists from the Occupy movement stage a protest by chaining themselves to the pulpit in St. Paul's Cathedral.
Female activists from the Occupy movement stage a protest by chaining themselves to the pulpit in St. Paul's Cathedral. Credit: PA

Four women from the Occupy movement chained themselves to the pulpit in London's St Paul's Cathedral during evensong.

The women interrupted the service, shouted a list of grievances against the cathedral and read part of the Bible, according to a statement from St Paul's.

Female activists from the Occupy movement stage a protest by chaining themselves to the pulpit in St. Paul's Cathedral.
Female activists from the Occupy movement stage a protest by chaining themselves to the pulpit in St. Paul's Cathedral. Credit: PA

The service was then allowed to continue as the women, one in a wheelchair, remained chained to the ornate, carved pulpit under the cathedral's dome.

The women received communion, with the priests taking the service coming over to the pulpit to do so.

Occupy protesters chain themselves to St Paul's Cathedral pulpit

The anti-capitalist Occupy movement says several of its supporters have chained themselves to the pulpit of St. Paul's Cathedral.

The action marks one year since the movement's protesters began their camp outside the cathedral.

A handful of protesters said they had changed themselves to the pulpit. Credit: Occupy

The St Paul's camp was forcibly removed by authorities back in February this year.

Photos posted by the group showed four women around the pulpit with a sign urging "throw the money changers out of the temple." Credit: Occupy

City of London Police are at the cathedral but the women from the anti-corporate group are understood still to be inside.

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