The protesters left Finsbury Square in Islington after bailiffs erected metal fencing around the 130 tents.

The camp was an extension of the protest outside St Paul’s Cathedral and had been in Finsbury Square since October.

Islington Council, which secured the eviction notice for the camp, said the eviction was “peaceful and low-key”.

Paul Convery, Islington Council’s executive member for community safety, said: “Finsbury Square is a public space for the people of Islington, one of Britain’s most deprived boroughs.

“We’re returning the square to community use and it is being cleaned and will soon be reopened to the public for the summer.”

He added: “A number of vulnerable and homeless people have been living in the square. We have been speaking to them and offering advice and support to those who need assistance.”

The council claimed the Finsbury Square camp had caused £20,000 damage to the land and that £26,000 had to be spent on security.

The council said it also lost £12,000 in rent and income after restaurants in the public square closed.

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