Arrests made as protesting activists try to enter lettings agency

5 March 2021 | Renting

Arrests made as protesting activists try to enter lettings agency

Local media in the Homes Counties report that two arrests were made after police were called by a lettings agency where a large number of protestors appeared to attack the building. 

The arrests were made when members of the so-called renters’ union Acorn attempted to gain entry to Review Homes branch in High Wycombe town centre.

Letting Agent Today has asked the agency for its view of events.

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The Bucks Free Press quotes Acorn, in a post on social media, saying: “Our members were there within their legal rights to form a 15 person support group, as outlined in government Coronavirus legislation. The demonstration was socially distanced, outside, and entirely peaceful.”

Thames Valley Police confirmed they were called to the office on Wednesday afternoon following a report of a group of people protesting and attempting to gain entrance to a commercial property.

The paper reports: “Officers attended and arrested a man, aged 21, on suspicion of criminal damage. He has since been released under investigation. A woman, aged 27, was also arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and bailed.”

Acorn has been involved in a number of protests outside and inside agency offices in recent years, and have also protested outside the homes of some landlords in different parts of the country.

You can see a report earlier this week on sister publication Landlord Today – here – revealing how an anarchist group has recommended involvement in protests at agency offices and the infiltration of tenant groups. 

This post has originally been featured in Letting Agent Today.