Looks like the “global” Occupy movement isn’t…occupied, or even global. There’s a surprise. I bet New Zealand’s own smelly hippies aren’t sleeping at their protest.

The camp forced St Paul’s to close for the first time since the Blitz and is costing local businesses thousands of pounds a day.

But footage shot by The Daily Telegraph on a thermal imaging camera appeared to show most of the dozens of tents in the cathedral churchyard were empty. And when the remaining protesters realised what The Telegraph was attempting to verify this, the mood turned ugly.

The site was quiet at around 12.30am with the faint smell of marijuana smoke in the air. A handful of police officers stood back on the fringes of the encampment.

Some of the occupiers were still outside their tents talking to fellow protesters.

The Daily Telegraph was able to establish that of three tents by the foot of the steps up to the cathedral, two were occupied and one was not, before being surrounded by at least a dozen activists, anxious to find out what was happening.

It’s time Len Brown acted and cleared out the riff raff from our park. Oh but the protesters need a break:

Occupy London’s Catherine Gerrity admitted there are vacant tents, but insists it is not nine in every 10 as claimed by the Telegraph.

Ms Gerrity also says she is encouraging protesters to “go home, have a bath, turn off their phone, have a sleep, have a rest, take a day off”.

“If they stay out every night, they will get sick, ” she said.

Time we told the dirty hippies to piss off. Len Brown just sits on his hands racking up mounting costs with 24/7 security guards, security fencing not to mention the destruction of the recently re-vamped park area of Aotea Square.

Len Brown needs to act to remove them. Len Brown needs to represent the ratepayers who are footing the bills of his inaction.

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