Sixty five nuns have been evicted from a convent in Poland after occupying the building for two years in a revolt against the Vatican.

The members of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Family of Bethany cut themselves off from the outside world two years ago in protest at the Roman Catholic Church's decision to replace their mother superior.

The mother superior was at the centre of allegations over her personal behaviour - the Vatican had rejected her claims of visions of the holy spirit.

More than 150 Polish police, some in combat uniform, entered the convent after forcing the door down this afternoon.

Specialist women's units, psychologists, police negotiators, paramedics and Catholic Church representatives also took part in the operation.

It is understood as the police entered the convent, the nuns sang hymns and hurled insults at security forces, according to Polish police spokesman Mariusz Sokolowski.

Police said a former Franciscan monk, Roman Komaryczko, was taken from the convent in handcuffs because of his 'aggressive behaviour'.

One woman was taken away in an ambulance, accompanied by an eight month old baby.