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NOW: Bird droppings, books and rubble can be found inside the Christ Church Cathedral, as seen in these photos taken by urban explorers.

EERIE VIEW: Bird droppings, books and rubble can be found inside the Christ Church Cathedral, as seen in these photos taken by urban explorers. Urbex Central

EERIE VIEW: Bird droppings, books and rubble can be found inside the Christ Church Cathedral, as seen in these photos taken by urban explorers.

EERIE VIEW: Bird droppings, books and rubble can be found inside the Christ Church Cathedral, as seen in these photos taken by urban explorers.

EERIE VIEW: Bird droppings, books and rubble can be found inside the Christ Church Cathedral, as seen in these photos taken by urban explorers.

EERIE VIEW: Bird droppings, books and rubble can be found inside the Christ Church Cathedral, as seen in these photos taken by urban explorers.

EERIE VIEW: Bird droppings, books and rubble can be found inside the Christ Church Cathedral, as seen in these photos taken by urban explorers.

EERIE VIEW: Bird droppings, books and rubble can be found inside the Christ Church Cathedral, as seen in these photos taken by urban explorers.

EERIE VIEW: Bird droppings, books and rubble can be found inside the Christ Church Cathedral, as seen in these photos taken by urban explorers.

EERIE VIEW: Bird droppings, books and rubble can be found inside the Christ Church Cathedral, as seen in these photos taken by urban explorers.

EERIE VIEW: Bird droppings, books and rubble can be found inside the Christ Church Cathedral, as seen in these photos taken by urban explorers.

EERIE VIEW: Bird droppings, books and rubble can be found inside the Christ Church Cathedral, as seen in these photos taken by urban explorers.

EERIE VIEW: Bird droppings, books and rubble can be found inside the Christ Church Cathedral, as seen in these photos taken by urban explorers.

EERIE VIEW: Bird droppings, books and rubble can be found inside the Christ Church Cathedral, as seen in these photos taken by urban explorers.

EERIE VIEW: Bird droppings, books and rubble can be found inside the Christ Church Cathedral, as seen in these photos taken by urban explorers.

EERIE VIEW: Bird droppings, books and rubble can be found inside the Christ Church Cathedral, as seen in these photos taken by urban explorers.

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Urban explorers sneaking into the badly-damaged Christ Church Cathedral are "playing with death", the building owners say.

Photographs published on urban explorer website urbexcentral.com are some of the first taken inside the building since the February 2011 earthquake. They show the cathedral full of bird droppings, rubble and abandoned books.

A spokesman for the Anglican diocese said it had contacted police and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority about the photographs.

"People are entitled to their opinion but to trespass in a building that is so dangerous is orchestrated lunacy," he said.

"They are putting their own lives at risk and the lives of those that may have to rescue them."

A spokesperson for the urban explorer group said on email they took precautions when exploring buildings.

"We use safety equipment such as hard hats and respiratory masks and follow the philosophy of take only photos, leave only footprints," they wrote.

The group's website stated the "perfect moment" had been needed to enter the earthquake- damaged cathedral.

"We had to be patient and wait for the perfect time to enter the cathedral without being rudely interrupted, which ended up taking hours of standing around and waiting for crowds to disperse."

There are also photographs of the abandoned Chancery Arcade on the website.

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In March 2012, the Church Property Trustees (CPT) resolved to deconstruct the cathedral down to a level of two to three metres.

The High Court halted the planned demolition after the Great Christchurch Building Trust (GCBT) sought a binding ruling on whether the Anglican diocese's plans breached an act of Parliament protecting church buildings.

The Court of Appeal overturned the decision and in December, the Supreme Court declined a GCBT appeal.

In September last year, the CPT decided to deconstruct the cathedral and build a new cathedral with a contemporary design. Under that condition, the CPT requested the High Court lift the stay - which Justice Graham Panckhurst granted.

 - The Press

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