Bailiffs began evicting British anti-capitalism activists from a protest camp outside St Paul's Cathedral in London in the early hours of Tuesday morning, police and the City of London Corporation which owns the site, said.

The Corporation urged the activists, who were inspired by the U.S. Occupy Wall Street protest, to move on peacefully. Police said the bailiffs had moved in just after midnight to remove tents and equipment and police were standing by.

(Reporting by Stephen Mangan; editing by Philippa Fletcher)