ANGRY campaigners are still trying to stop council workers from stripping Kensal Rise Library of its books.

More than 50 people flocked to the facility this morning to witness a team of council staff start to strip the building, one of six libraries closed by Brent Council.

Campaigners have tried to form a human barricade to put a halt to the clear out.

Police are at the scene and council staff are being supported by security guards.

Many campaigners have taken to Twitter to share their views on today's events.

The Preston Library campaign tweeted: "Help needed now at Kensal Rise Library for peaceful protest to prevent removal of books."

The Save Kensal Rise Library Campaign tweeted: " If you're nearby, get to Kensal Rise Library quick! - Brent Council trying to empty the library."

Twitter user @James_Debate said: " Oh boy, it's all kicking off at the Kensal Rise library now."

Samantha Warrington, from the Save Our Seven campaign, said: "Brent closed half of the libraries in the borough in October, with the loss of more than 160,000 library visits.

Even more people will lose library facilities when Willesden Green the “best-performing library in the borough” is demolished.

"The so-called Libraries Transformation Project is nothing short of reckless vandalism on the community, particularly children, the elderly and the unemployed, who have been robbed of an essential service."

Campaigner Margaret Bailey spoke to the Harrow Observer from the scene earlier today, she said: It is disappointing for us to watch. It is a very provocative act, and we have asked the [soon to be] new council leader Cllr Butt to intervene but he isnt here. He has sent us a message saying that cant officially do anything until he becomes leader tonight at the meeting."

A council spokesman said: "The building has reverted to all Souls College. We are removing council property so that All Souls can take vacant possession and decide what they want to do with the building. 

"The books and other materials will be sorted and distributed amongst the councils other libraries.

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