While there has been no shortage of public debauchery occurring at various Occupy protests around the country and, world, Occupy London might have hit an all-time low and is now facing eviction. According to an 88-page report filed by the City of London, several children, even some as young as 9-years-old are said to be living -- or rather, squatting -- at an Occupy encampment in the landmark St. Paul's Cathedral. This is the same church in which its carpets were reportedly used as a "latrine" by Occupiers not but weeks ago. To make matters worse, Class "A" drugs were reportedly seized by London police after Occupiers requested a sharps bin in which to dispose of hypodermic needles.
In addition to children-squatters and Class "A" drugs on location, dogs are reportedly roaming free and spikes in violence have forced two women to hide in a portable toilets to avoid attack. Police have arrested a convicted sex offender at the site.
The human-waste factor is still problem, with reports indicating feces were found on both the St. Paul's grounds and inside sanctuary itself.
The Daily Mail reports:
Children as young as nine are thought to be living in the St Paul's Cathedral protest camp, according to documents filed today at the High Court by the City of London.
The Corporation, which is taking legal action to evict the anti-capitalist protesters, highlighted the filthy conditions ahead of the court battle which is due to start this week.
Joy Hollister, the director of community and children's services for the Corporation, provided a witness statement to say she had observed a 'very strong smell of cannabis in several parts of the camp' and the presence of several children - two of whom appeared to be living there.'
Hollister also raised concern about the growing number of "vulnerable" people at the Occupy London encampment, stating:
'By which I mean people who were exhibiting behaviour that was indicative of poor mental health, people who were exhibiting signs of drug use including stumbling and compulsive behaviour, people who had body odour arising from significant periods without washing or change of clothing and a number of people who were clearly under the influence of drugs and alcohol.'
The 88-page report claims drug and alcohol use are rife while the camp has become inundated with human waste and covered with graffiti.
Parts of the dossier come from registrar of St Paul’s, Nicholas Cottam, who wrote to a Corporation official outlining the disruptions faced by the cathedral.
Mr Cottam wrote: ‘Desecration: - graffiti have been scratched and painted on to the great west doors of the cathedral, the chapter house door and most notably a sacrilegious message painted on the restored pillars of the west portico.
‘Human defecation has occurred in the west portico entrance and inside the cathedral on several occasions.’
The eviction notice was served on the camp last Thursday. Meanwhile, Occupy spokespeople vow to contest the eviction, which could take months
Even if the court action succeeds, the protest is likely to continue in the churchyard during the day as long as nobody pitches tents.
Adam Chapman, head of public law at Kingsley Napley, said the Human Rights Act would make evicting London protesters a far more complex affair than in New York.
Meanwhile, St. Paul's continues to be defiled regularly.