Protesters 'going home at night'
Protesters camped outside St Paul's Cathedral are going home at night to get ready for work and look after their families, one of them has said.
The comments come after speculation that as many as nine out of 10 protesters at the Occupy London Stock Exchange camp are abandoning their tents to return home each evening.
Robin Smith, a 48-year-old former Conservative councillor for Wokingham Town Council, said he was one of many part-time protesters at the camp.
"I'd say about 25% of the people go away and come back. There are lots of normal middle-class people turning up and helping but they have to go back home and some people come once and go away," he said.
"They've got jobs and a family to keep, so they've got to look after their kids or go to work. I met one guy who comes in then goes home to go to work."
He said many of the demonstrators went home to wash rather than paying to use public showers.
Speaking from his house in Wokingham, he said: "I'm home today. I come home every few days to get cleaned up but I'll go back at three.
"I come home every two or three nights. I've been there since the weekend and this is the second time I've come back. I stink so I have come back to pick up a delivery and clean up."
His comments come as a City of London councillor said that police had used infra-red images to establish that only 10% of protesters were staying at the camp overnight.
But the police refused to comment on the speculation.