Iconic Camden pub occupied by squatters

By Emily Sutherland contact

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Squatters are said to have moved in to the Black Cap
Squatters are said to have moved in to the Black Cap

Related tags: Poverty, Camden

An iconic Camden pub has been reportedly occupied by squatters following its closure last month.

Around 12 squatters are said to have moved in to the pub, previously owned by Faucet Inns, which acted as a local hub and performance space for London’s LQBT community since the 1960s.

The group are thought to be protesting the number of empty buildings and rough sleepers in the capital, as well as the loss of the historic venue.

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Speaking to the Camden New Journal, an unnamed squatter said: “The people living her are poor people, creatives, artists, struggling people and that's what Camden is all about.

"There are too many people on the streets, sleeping rough and there are too many empty properties. We say 'build houses or we will take the buildings ourselves'. Everybody needs a roof over their head.”

The closure of the Black Cap has attracted a tide of frustration from Camden locals.  A petition to save the pub has attracted 6,770 signatures to date, and a campaign group have been holding weekly vigils outside. Green party leader Natalie Bennett was among those who attended a protest outside the offices of Faucet Inns in May.

Shortly before its closure, the Black Cap was awarded asset of community value status. Camden LGBT Forum director Nigel Harris told the PMA: “We nominated it because it ensures our local residents have a safe space to go and meet other LGBT people.”

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