A PEACEFUL protest outside a local library successfully halted the council's plan to strip the building of its treasured books.

More than 50 people gathered outside Kensal Rise Library today after council workers turned up with security staff to empty the building of its stock.

The library is one of six closed by the council last year, and campaigners have been pushing for the authority to let them run it as a community facility.

So far the submission of a detailed community business plan has not been successful.

The new leader of Brent Council Muhammed Butt found himself under pressure this morning when the protesters formed a human barrier to stop council staff loading up vans full of books and IT equipment.

Campaigners were "delighted" to announce this afternoon that after talks with Cllr Butt, the clearing of the building has been stopped and he has agreed to meet with them to talk in more detail.

Campaigner Marika Samson said: "We are delighted about the outcome today. I feel more optimistic about all this than I have in a long time.

"We hope this is a positive first step towards having some proper conversations with him."

The discussion with the new council leader will come as good news to not only local campaigners, but dozens of people who followed today's events.

Twitter users followed the progress of the protest, and local figures including Brent Central MP Sarah Teather gave official statements.

Ms Teather said: They (Labour leaders) must stop removing books immediately and talk to campaigners and local residents before its too late.

Councillor Butt has to get a grip of this matter if he wants to show that he can make a difference as Leader of the Council."

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