Protestors evicted from Barnstaple pub

Protestors occupying the site of a former pub in Barnstaple to stop it from demolition have been evicted.

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Pub protestors evicted

Protestors occupying the site of a former pub in Barnstaple have been evicted. The residents of the Forches estate moved in to the Borough Arms three weeks ago after plans were approved for its demolition.

The campaigners say they haven't given up hope that it can still be turned into a community centre rather than housing.

Barnstaple pub protesters told to go

People in Barnstaple who've been occupying their former pub for two weeks to try to stop it being demolished, have now been told they must leave.

But today's deadline has come and gone, and locals are vowing to fight on. They've now officially registered a right to buy the pub if the proposed development of flats and houses falls through. Seth Conway reports.

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Pub protestors given deadline to leave

The Borough Arms, Barnstaple Credit: ITV News West Country

The Occupiers of a Barnstaple pub threatened with demolition have been given until today to leave. The residents of the Forches Estate in Barnstaple have been protesting at The Borough Arms for two weeks after plans were approved for flats and housing on the site.

The letter telling the occupants to leave the pub Credit: ITV News West Country

A week on, the Barnstaple pub occupiers are still there

A scene from the outside of the pub building. Credit: ITV News/Seth Conway

The occupiers of a Barnstaple pub want the owner to sell it back to the community. The Borough Arms was given planning permission last week to be turned into homes and flats.

But locals have moved in and now a week on they're asking Chichester Homes Developments to return the building so they can use it for community purposes.

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Row over pub planning permission

Locals have joined the direct action protest at The Borough Arms pub in Barnstaple. The supporters of the occupation say the pub mustn't be demolished to make way for houses and flats.

Locals occupy the Borough Arms while a judicial review takes place Credit: ITV News West Country

They say it should be a community facility. The developer Chichester Homes won planning permission last week to convert the premises into properties.

The Borough Arms is due to be knocked down and turned into flats Credit: ITV News West Country