Two Brighton squat cases rejected in court

Police and squatters on the roof of the building in London Road during a stand off in September

Police and squatters on the roof of the building in London Road during a stand off in September

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Two of the three men arrested under new squatting laws had their cases thrown out of court yesterday (April 24).

Magistrates ruled Alistair Cannell, 23, of no fixed address, and Tobias Sedgwick, 23, of Gladstone Place, Brighton, had no case to answer.

The pair were arrested along with Dirk Duputell, of Gladstone Place, on September 3 last year, two days after new squatting laws were brought in.

The trio were accused of squatting in a residential building in London Road and of obstructing a police officer.

But defence lawyers submitted there was no proof the upstairs building was residential or that the defendants were living there.

The case against Duputell continues today. (April 25) He told police officers he was living in the building, but claims he meant in the downstairs commercial section, a former lighting shop.

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