Date published: 18th November 2013
At just after 5pm around 20 High Court bailiffs joined by police, including canine units, forced their way through the rear entrance of the pub in North Finchley High Road before the occupiers, who entered the building in September, agreed to leave quietly.
The squatters had turned the abandoned building into a community hub following its sudden closure in August.
They have been given until 10pm to clear their belongings out of the building.
Documentary filmmaker Aaron Jolly, 23, from Edgware had been staying at the pub on-and-off for three weeks before the raid.
“It was quite scary,” he told The Press. “We boarded everything up and we made some barricades and they basically in five or ten minutes smashed them down with crow bars and came in with a dog unit.
“It was like a war zone for a minute. We didn’t resist at all. It wasn’t terrifying but it was intimidating. It was definitely aggressive tactics that they used.”