POLICE have arrested nine pro-Palestinian activists who occupied an Israeli arms factory in protest against the bombardment of Gaza.
The UAV Engines factory in Shenstone, Staffordshire, which manufactures drone engines, was stormed by around a dozen protesters from the London Palestine Action campaign on Tuesday morning.
They chained the factory gates open and clambered onto the roof.
But on Wednesday evening they were forcibly removed from the site by police officers and banged up overnight on suspicion of aggravated trespass.
One of the arrestees told the Star: “Police stormed the roof but they couldn’t arrest us initially as most of us were locked to the building or to each other. It took them an hour and a half to get everyone down.
“The first person to be arrested had dropped down from the roof onto a stairwell, where he superglued himself to the door of the boss’s office.
“They didn’t attempt to negotiate with us.”
Staffordshire Police Chief Inspector Jane Hewett said: “Since the protest began highly trained police negotiators have been in regular conversation with the protesters and have explained on numerous occasions that their actions in this protest will result in their arrest for aggravated trespass.
“We have also continuously provided the protesters with the opportunity to safely and peacefully hand themselves to police officers.”
At the time of going to press, four of the protesters had been released on the bail condition that they do not enter Staffordshire.
Five remained in custody at Stafford police station.