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Bottles and paint thrown from squat at Brighton's Montpelier Baptist Church

The Argus: Picture by Tony O'Hara Picture by Tony O'Hara

Balaclava-clad squatters took over a Brighton church and hurled bottles and paint at passers-by and police.

Police officers cordoned off several streets and the force’s helicopter was scrambled as the drama unfolded at Montpelier Place Baptist Church on the border on Brighton and Hove on Saturday evening.

Three men were subsequently arrested and were last night being interviewed by police.

The emergency services were called shortly after 6pm on Saturday following reports of people on the roof of the Montpelier Place Baptist Church in Montpelier Place.

When the first two officers arrived, they – and other members of the public – were bombarded with bottles and other missiles.

They called for back-up and within minutes about nine roads were sealed off.

Katrina Thompson, who was on the way to the pub to meet friends, said: “It all started before I got here but there has been a lot of shouting and policemen walking around with riot helmets on.

“Whoever was on the roof was throwing paint bombs down at the police and the cars.”

With the sun setting, the squatters unfurled a handmade banner over the front of the church which read “The meek shall squat the earth”.

It is thought the slogan is a reference to a bible passage in which Christ declares in the sermon of the Mount “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth”.

By 6.45pm between 20 and 30 officers were stationed in and around the church.

Neighbours reported police men wearing helmets scouring through gardens.

One officer, who was searching the inside church, was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital with chest injuries after falling.

A police car had its windscreen smashed by what a force spokesman described as an “object containing paint”. The Argus also discovered at least one other civilian car with a smashed screen as well as half a dozen paint splats on the pavement.

Miss Thompson added: “The police were taking it all pretty seriously. They closed off a huge area and I haven’t been able to go anywhere.

“The officer told me it was for my own safety as missiles were being thrown.”

A nearby shopkeeper, who did want to give his name, said the squatters had been in the church for the last few days.

Nobody at the church was available for comment.

A police spokesman said: “Shortly after 6pm on Saturday police were called to the Montpelier Place Baptist Church in Montpelier Place, Brighton, after men had been reported on the roof.

“When a police car arrived bottles and other objects were thrown at the two officers and members of the public.

“The area was swiftly contained and searched, and three men were found in gardens nearby less than an hour later.

“Three men, aged 21, 20, and 19, were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and are currently in custody for interview and further enquiries.”

Detective Inspector Vicki Harris said: "We are still investigating the full circumstances of this incident but it already clear that both police and nearby public were at risk from what appears to have been a deliberate attempt to cause harm and damage.

"Anyone who saw what happened but has not yet been in touch is asked to contact us on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1201 of 8/3."

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10:01am Mon 10 Mar 14

peel_acres says...

Oh, it's blessed are the MEEK! Oh, I'm glad they're getting something, they have a hell of a time.
Oh, it's blessed are the MEEK! Oh, I'm glad they're getting something, they have a hell of a time. peel_acres
  • Score: 21

10:17am Mon 10 Mar 14

clubrob6 says...

Lets hope they are locked up and not given bail as there actions could have seriously injured someone.
Lets hope they are locked up and not given bail as there actions could have seriously injured someone. clubrob6
  • Score: 42

11:03am Mon 10 Mar 14

Durango_Splubb says...

The torys have made Squatting a crime but owning 5 homes like caMoron does is apparently ok...
The torys have made Squatting a crime but owning 5 homes like caMoron does is apparently ok... Durango_Splubb
  • Score: -62

12:29pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Ambo Guy says...

Cue to comments from the pro squatting brigade telling us that these are vulnerable people who just need shelter for the night.

These people are scum plain and simple.
Cue to comments from the pro squatting brigade telling us that these are vulnerable people who just need shelter for the night. These people are scum plain and simple. Ambo Guy
  • Score: 65

1:10pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Number Six says...

On what planet do the meek throw paint at cars?
On what planet do the meek throw paint at cars? Number Six
  • Score: 58

2:23pm Mon 10 Mar 14

NickBrt says...

Caroline and Jason will no doubt give them accommodation and full board in THEIR homes, seeing as they arode squatters. Watch this space to see if they now put their homes where their mouths are.
Caroline and Jason will no doubt give them accommodation and full board in THEIR homes, seeing as they arode squatters. Watch this space to see if they now put their homes where their mouths are. NickBrt
  • Score: 33

2:29pm Mon 10 Mar 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

All squatters should be taken to a remote Scottish island and left there.
All squatters should be taken to a remote Scottish island and left there. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 17

3:05pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Goldenwight says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
All squatters should be taken to a remote Scottish island and left there.
Would you want them in YOUR garden- remote Scottish Islands tend to be inhabited, you know?
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: All squatters should be taken to a remote Scottish island and left there.[/p][/quote]Would you want them in YOUR garden- remote Scottish Islands tend to be inhabited, you know? Goldenwight
  • Score: 22

3:13pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Gee Jay says...

Unfortunately Brighton and other seaside towns seem to attract these sort of people who just want to live off others and contribute nothing.
We need to come down hard on these leeches so the word gets out that Brighton is NOT to place to come for a free ride
Unfortunately Brighton and other seaside towns seem to attract these sort of people who just want to live off others and contribute nothing. We need to come down hard on these leeches so the word gets out that Brighton is NOT to place to come for a free ride Gee Jay
  • Score: 38

6:19pm Mon 10 Mar 14

sugar man says...

i've met quite a few squatters in my time, and it seems that they are always people that don't actually really need a free place to live. i think squatting can be excusable if you truly don't have a shelter, no family to help, etc, and the place has clearly been empty for a long time.
and why do squats always seem to get trashed? i think if squats were inhabited by people that were truly homeless, they would take more pride in their new (squatted) home because they would appreciate it more.
but like i said, i've only ever met a few squatters, so probably shouldn't generalise.
i've met quite a few squatters in my time, and it seems that they are always people that don't actually really need a free place to live. i think squatting can be excusable if you truly don't have a shelter, no family to help, etc, and the place has clearly been empty for a long time. and why do squats always seem to get trashed? i think if squats were inhabited by people that were truly homeless, they would take more pride in their new (squatted) home because they would appreciate it more. but like i said, i've only ever met a few squatters, so probably shouldn't generalise. sugar man
  • Score: 25

6:47pm Mon 10 Mar 14

tez1959 says...

another lot of low life brainwashed scum causing havoc at the taxpayers expense should have let the dogs on them or better still fallen off the roof and broke there necks give it a week and there probably get a caution
another lot of low life brainwashed scum causing havoc at the taxpayers expense should have let the dogs on them or better still fallen off the roof and broke there necks give it a week and there probably get a caution tez1959
  • Score: 17

6:48pm Mon 10 Mar 14

LeonBIank666 says...

Just throw a load of AIDS infected needles and some filthy smack in to them and hope they catch it.

And the Greens want to give this scum a platform?

Only in Brighton.
Just throw a load of AIDS infected needles and some filthy smack in to them and hope they catch it. And the Greens want to give this scum a platform? Only in Brighton. LeonBIank666
  • Score: 1

7:35pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Nitrous_McBread says...

Didn't think anyone went to church any more.
Didn't think anyone went to church any more. Nitrous_McBread
  • Score: -7

7:43pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Idontbelieveit1948 says...

Durango_Splubb wrote:
The torys have made Squatting a crime but owning 5 homes like caMoron does is apparently ok...
You are the only moron on here.
[quote][p][bold]Durango_Splubb[/bold] wrote: The torys have made Squatting a crime but owning 5 homes like caMoron does is apparently ok...[/p][/quote]You are the only moron on here. Idontbelieveit1948
  • Score: 8

7:50pm Mon 10 Mar 14

sexyhips69 says...

Just use REAL bullets on the scum. They won't do it again. End of.
Just use REAL bullets on the scum. They won't do it again. End of. sexyhips69
  • Score: 0

7:52pm Mon 10 Mar 14

true-brightonian says...

Sounds like a bit of a lark on a nice spring day. At very least the cops got a little exercise.
Sounds like a bit of a lark on a nice spring day. At very least the cops got a little exercise. true-brightonian
  • Score: -14

9:15pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Gee Jay says...

Nitrous_McBread wrote:
Didn't think anyone went to church any more.
You don't have to go to church to have faith and Christian values my friend.
[quote][p][bold]Nitrous_McBread[/bold] wrote: Didn't think anyone went to church any more.[/p][/quote]You don't have to go to church to have faith and Christian values my friend. Gee Jay
  • Score: 2

10:51pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Levent says...

Nitrous_McBread wrote:
Didn't think anyone went to church any more.
You didn't think...says it all really doesn't it Bozo!!

No, you wouldn't want folk going to church would you.

Much rather have godless scumbags inhabiting Brighton wouldn't you?

Smokers also like to be around other smokers for the same reasons..or so I hear!
.
[quote][p][bold]Nitrous_McBread[/bold] wrote: Didn't think anyone went to church any more.[/p][/quote]You didn't think...says it all really doesn't it Bozo!! No, you wouldn't want folk going to church would you. Much rather have godless scumbags inhabiting Brighton wouldn't you? Smokers also like to be around other smokers for the same reasons..or so I hear! . Levent
  • Score: -11

10:54pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Levent says...

Durango_Splubb wrote:
The torys have made Squatting a crime but owning 5 homes like caMoron does is apparently ok...
What does "torys" mean in your diction?

Or did you mean "tories" by any chance?

You read Shakespeare don't you?

Pen mightier than the sword?....NOT in YOUR case Bozo!!
[quote][p][bold]Durango_Splubb[/bold] wrote: The torys have made Squatting a crime but owning 5 homes like caMoron does is apparently ok...[/p][/quote]What does "torys" mean in your diction? Or did you mean "tories" by any chance? You read Shakespeare don't you? Pen mightier than the sword?....NOT in YOUR case Bozo!! Levent
  • Score: -7

11:23am Tue 11 Mar 14

sugar man says...

Levent wrote:
Nitrous_McBread wrote:
Didn't think anyone went to church any more.
You didn't think...says it all really doesn't it Bozo!!

No, you wouldn't want folk going to church would you.

Much rather have godless scumbags inhabiting Brighton wouldn't you?

Smokers also like to be around other smokers for the same reasons..or so I hear!
.
"Much rather have godless scumbags inhabiting Brighton wouldn't you?".
that sentence is so backwards, i don't know where to start.
anyone who doesn't believe in your magical sky fairy is a scumbag?...yeah sure.
[quote][p][bold]Levent[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nitrous_McBread[/bold] wrote: Didn't think anyone went to church any more.[/p][/quote]You didn't think...says it all really doesn't it Bozo!! No, you wouldn't want folk going to church would you. Much rather have godless scumbags inhabiting Brighton wouldn't you? Smokers also like to be around other smokers for the same reasons..or so I hear! .[/p][/quote]"Much rather have godless scumbags inhabiting Brighton wouldn't you?". that sentence is so backwards, i don't know where to start. anyone who doesn't believe in your magical sky fairy is a scumbag?...yeah sure. sugar man
  • Score: 2

11:28am Tue 11 Mar 14

All 9 of me says...

Levent wrote:
Durango_Splubb wrote:
The torys have made Squatting a crime but owning 5 homes like caMoron does is apparently ok...
What does "torys" mean in your diction?

Or did you mean "tories" by any chance?

You read Shakespeare don't you?

Pen mightier than the sword?....NOT in YOUR case Bozo!!
a bit like brain and mouth, in your instance.
[quote][p][bold]Levent[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Durango_Splubb[/bold] wrote: The torys have made Squatting a crime but owning 5 homes like caMoron does is apparently ok...[/p][/quote]What does "torys" mean in your diction? Or did you mean "tories" by any chance? You read Shakespeare don't you? Pen mightier than the sword?....NOT in YOUR case Bozo!![/p][/quote]a bit like brain and mouth, in your instance. All 9 of me
  • Score: 3

1:20pm Tue 11 Mar 14

thevoiceoftruth says...

I would not even call these people squatters. A person who needed somewhere to live would not fly a banner telling everyone they were squatting. They also would not stand on a roof hurling stuff at the police. These kids are what I would call 'pseudo anarchists.' Not sure what they feel they gain by doing this, apart from a criminal record.
I would not even call these people squatters. A person who needed somewhere to live would not fly a banner telling everyone they were squatting. They also would not stand on a roof hurling stuff at the police. These kids are what I would call 'pseudo anarchists.' Not sure what they feel they gain by doing this, apart from a criminal record. thevoiceoftruth
  • Score: 5

2:34pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Durango_Splubb says...

thevoiceoftruth, Not so long ago scenes like this brought the problem of homelessness to the attention of the media and therefore the wider community. -"Cathy Come Home" for example.

These days people not only don't seem to care they seem too pre-occupied with themselves and contemplating their fundament to care about anybody or anything else!
thevoiceoftruth, Not so long ago scenes like this brought the problem of homelessness to the attention of the media and therefore the wider community. -"Cathy Come Home" for example. These days people not only don't seem to care they seem too pre-occupied with themselves and contemplating their fundament to care about anybody or anything else! Durango_Splubb
  • Score: -4

6:45pm Tue 11 Mar 14

thevoiceoftruth says...

Durango_Splubb wrote:
thevoiceoftruth, Not so long ago scenes like this brought the problem of homelessness to the attention of the media and therefore the wider community. -"Cathy Come Home" for example.

These days people not only don't seem to care they seem too pre-occupied with themselves and contemplating their fundament to care about anybody or anything else!
So they are not really squatters, they are activists, or just moronic idiots. How is what they are doing helping the squatting cause? It's not at all - it just makes even more people think squatters are scumbags that have no bloody respect for anyone. I say that as someone who squatted myself many moons ago - so if you can't even get my support, what hope do you have?
[quote][p][bold]Durango_Splubb[/bold] wrote: thevoiceoftruth, Not so long ago scenes like this brought the problem of homelessness to the attention of the media and therefore the wider community. -"Cathy Come Home" for example. These days people not only don't seem to care they seem too pre-occupied with themselves and contemplating their fundament to care about anybody or anything else![/p][/quote]So they are not really squatters, they are activists, or just moronic idiots. How is what they are doing helping the squatting cause? It's not at all - it just makes even more people think squatters are scumbags that have no bloody respect for anyone. I say that as someone who squatted myself many moons ago - so if you can't even get my support, what hope do you have? thevoiceoftruth
  • Score: 4

7:49pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Durango_Splubb says...

thevoiceof-tory-trut
h,
I'm sure they won't worry too much about not having support from you.
Judging by your comments here I'd assume you're either a tory landlord milking the housing benefits or one who licks their nether regions!
thevoiceof-tory-trut h, I'm sure they won't worry too much about not having support from you. Judging by your comments here I'd assume you're either a tory landlord milking the housing benefits or one who licks their nether regions! Durango_Splubb
  • Score: -3

8:25pm Tue 11 Mar 14

thevoiceoftruth says...

Durango_Splubb wrote:
thevoiceof-tory-trut

h,
I'm sure they won't worry too much about not having support from you.
Judging by your comments here I'd assume you're either a tory landlord milking the housing benefits or one who licks their nether regions!
Of course. If you don't support silly young middle class anarchists throwing paint off a roof, you must be a tory landlord! What an idiotic comment. Grow up kiddo!
[quote][p][bold]Durango_Splubb[/bold] wrote: thevoiceof-tory-trut h, I'm sure they won't worry too much about not having support from you. Judging by your comments here I'd assume you're either a tory landlord milking the housing benefits or one who licks their nether regions![/p][/quote]Of course. If you don't support silly young middle class anarchists throwing paint off a roof, you must be a tory landlord! What an idiotic comment. Grow up kiddo! thevoiceoftruth
  • Score: 4

9:27pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Durango_Splubb says...

thevoiceoftruth,

-s-t-e-a-d-y-...
thevoiceoftruth, -s-t-e-a-d-y-... Durango_Splubb
  • Score: -1

10:40pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Fairfax Aches says...

typical argos right wing propaganda as usual...
typical argos right wing propaganda as usual... Fairfax Aches
  • Score: -1

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