Squatters must leave the old the disused Red Lion pub on Southampton Street after a court ruled they are trespassing.

The derelict pub was transformed into Kobani House last month – a political space in solidarity with the people and revolutions of Kurdistan.

A Reading County Court judge ruled that the group is trespassing and will be evicted by bailiffs at a soon-to-be-determined date.

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A spokesman for Kobani House said: “We knew that there was no way for Kobanî House to continue in the long term on Southampton Street, but we are not going to quit before it’s over.

“We won’t get a date until the bailiffs serve us the papers but until then we will be running events every day and keeping moral high and the spirit of the project alive.

“We will be hosting as many events as possible until the last day, whenever that comes

“If you haven’t had a chance to visit yet, please do.

“You are always welcome and we want to make as many new friends and comrades as possible to build the new world in the shell of the old.”

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The hearing was heard at 10am on Monday, December 9.

A Reading County Court judge previously rejected an interim possession order (IPO) filed by landlords Vogue Assets Ltd because the company failed to submit all papers on time.

The IPO was thrown out on Tuesday, December 3.

What is Kobani House?

Kobani House is a political space in solidarity with the people and revolutions of Kurdistan set up by squatters at a derelict pub.

The Red Lion pub has been closed since 2015.

The squatters hold political workshops and social events such as open mics and are planning a free meal on Christmas Day.

The group had hoped to stay until January so that they can continue to host events and strengthen community links but now await an eviction date.

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The Kurdish community in Reading, of which there are around 700-1000 residents, have called for a permanent community space.

A petition has been set up on change.org which asks for the council to provide a temporary space followed by a commitment to a long-term plan for a centre for the Kurdish community.

Councillor Sophia James, lead member for Communities said: “There are budget issues, but we would happily support the group.

“They are welcome to apply for funding and we would actively support that.”

Discussing the squat, Cllr James said: “Whilst the council wouldn’t condone squats it might encourage developers to develop buildings faster.

“The group from all reports are fairly welcoming so I think that deserves some credit.”

The council has a contract with Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) to provide support to voluntary groups in Reading and help them apply and bid for funding.

Information to voluntary groups on sources of funding can be obtained from RVA, by calling 0118 937 2273 or visiting their website www.rva.org.uk.

RVA can also advise on community spaces available in Reading.