PICTURES & VIDEO: 19 arrested as anti-war campaigners return to Staffordshire 'drone' factory

Dozens of anti-war campaigners descended on a factory in Shenstone today which they claim makes parts for drones used in the Middle East.

Nineteen protesters, 18 men and one woman, were arrested for breaching a high court injunction barring them from demonstrating within 250 metres of UAV Engines in the Staffordshire village near Lichfield.

More than 100 lobbyists descended on the area this morning aiming to 'shut down' the factory for the day in a bid to disrupt their operations and cause the subsidiary of Israeli company Elbit thousands of pounds in lost trade.

They claim that the drones manufactured by UAV Engines have been involved in the killings of thousands of Palestinians.

Ahead of today's protest the company secured a high court injunction prohibiting demonstrations within a 250metre radius of the factory.

Staffordshire Police also issued their own order which identified a designated protest area near Shenstone Railway Station.

More than 30 officers have been present at the scene since 7am this morning and campaigners have been forcibly moved back about 50ft from the entrance to UAV Engines on Lynn Lane by a human police blockade.

 

Chief Inspector Steve Smith said: "The protest today resulted in Lynn Lane being closed for several hours and some disruption to businesses and the local community. Our role in this operation is about fair and balanced policing – we’re here to keep the peace and to uphold the law.

“Our priority was to ensure the safety of all those involved – that includes the protestors, the wider community and our officers. We called a number of additional police resources to support the community and maintain order. In response to breaches of a High Court order and some public order offences a total of 19 persons were arrested.

“Overall the protest ended peacefully, with no significant disorder, and local police remain in the communities affected to provide reassurance. I want to thank everyone affected today for their cooperation and support of the policing operation.”

At Tamworth this morning, a number of individuals climbed onto the roof of a factory building as part of a protest. All seven voluntarily came off the roof. Police officers then directed them to leave the area under public order legislation. No arrests were made.

At Shenstone, a number of protesters locked themselves to fencing and others blocked the road.

Those arrested remain in police custody and will be questioned about offences this evening.

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Comments for: "PICTURES & VIDEO: 19 arrested as anti-war campaigners return to Staffordshire 'drone' factory"

Who cares what you think

Tell them there's a By-pass under construction near by they'll soon clear off.

101 chicken chow mein

Or show them a bar of soap they will run a mile.

Poem Master

Or the police should just shoot them in the head.

Robert

Should be moved on. LLocal residents have a right to lead a normal life and these people prevent that. If they have a problem take it through their MP and govermental channels. They should not be obstructing the public freeway and the Police should not be allowing them to do so.

billyjosaunders

The Palestinian people have a right to lead a normal life too.

W C Boggs

Yes, the Palestinians do have that right. I saw footage of them exercising that right when they were dancing in the streets on 11 Sept 2001.

billyjosaunders

You are named after a lavatory, I rest my case.

Who cares what you think

Careful anyone with a different opinion will get called names.

W C Boggs

The usual suspects, I see - with seemingly loads of time on their hands.

They don't seem to mind if their actions cause job losses, but ask them about Goodyears and they'd sing a different tune.

billyjosaunders

Good on the protesters if they cause job losses that prevent drones being used in the middle east.

Poem Master

Good on the police if they arrest these terrorist sympathising scum and have them sent to Guantanamo bay.

Saddlertd

Why aren't the protesters at work? Oh silly me, they're probably all on benefits or students supported by the State. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you! Why don't they protest about that Muslim hate preacher who we can't deport who is costing us 50 grand a-year?

billyjosaunders

They are not at work because they are protesting against a factory that make parts for drones used in the middle east, haven't you read the article you silly sod? Why don't you protest against that hate preacher if it concerns you so much instead of sitting at home moaning?

W C Boggs

Because if we did protest against hate preachers we'd probably get arrested and charged with "hate" crimes ourselves.

BTW, abusing people means you're a good way towards losing the argument.

billyjosaunders

Yes everyone has the right to protest except for you because you will "PROBABLY" get arrested, read the article, some of the protesters have been arrested while you are sitting at home and too much of a coward to protest for what you believe in because you will probably get arrested, what a joke of a person you are.

charlie17

I believe in the right to go about my lawful business unhindered by any person or organisation and that includes manufacturing weapons of war. The true reason behind the protest at this Company is purely because they are owned by an Israel based company, these people do not demonstrate at the hundreds of other organisation in this country making weapons that are significantly more dangerous than drones. I hope the Courts fine the protestors enough to cover the cost of policing the protest.

billyjosaunders

Charlie17 - "I believe in the right to go about my lawful business unhindered by any person or organisation and that includes manufacturing weapons of war"

The Palestinian people feel exactly the same.

charlie17

billyjosaunders, you only answered part of my question, why are you not targeting this organisation and not other producers of weapons of war, believe that the USA, China and Russia have enormous armaments industries, but I suppose in these countries it is difficult to "rent a mob" either because people are not given benefits when unemployed or extreme violence would be used by the authorities to break up the demonstration and you would not want to get involved in that

dasa

Perhaps they should have been waving ISIS flags instead as they wouldn't have been arrested!That story is on the Daily Mail site.....

billyjosaunders

Wouldn't even wipe my backside with the Daily Fail.

Who cares what you think

Well try the Guardian then, they along with most other papers are reporting the same story.

JJ

Until all the countries and groups in the Middle east learn to tolerate each other and live in peace you can't be surprised that countries are looking to defend themselves in any way possible.

Dromes are becoming an import tool because we all know what happens to pilots that are shot down in this region at the moment. The rise or ISIS shows exactly what happens when you leave things to their own devices.

billyjosaunders

The countries in the middle east do tolerate each other apart from Israel, Israel has been at war with every country it borders numerous times during it's short existence.

Who cares what you think

You really take the biscuit, all the Arab countries in the Middle East are always at war with each other.

charlie.bear.5836

Because all those countries are trying to wipe it off the map.

billyjosaunders

Charlie bear you are wrong, Israel has wiped Palestine off the map, look on any map today and you cannot find Palestine.

charlie17

You have to have a distorted view of tolerated or perhaps you are not old enough to remember the Iran/Iraq war, you should however be aware that Saudi Arabia are bombing the Yemen. The main problems in the Middle East are Tribal and driven by differing religious beliefs. The west have a strange belief that by introducing democracy in this part of the world you will solve all of the problems, nothing could be further from reality. The West cannot create countries to suit their own philosophy. Turkey, Iraq and Syria have parts of Kurdistan in their borders and the Kurds have been in conflict with these countries for decades, with Iraq using chemical weapons on them in the past. All the 'rent a mob' is doing in Shenstone is causing distress for employees of a very small organisation, not hitting the big fish who make real weapons.

charlie.bear.5836

With any luck the ones blocking the road will be run over.

Saddlertd

Billyjosaunders - you are an idiot! If you think the conflict in the Middle East is all Israel's fault then you have a poor grasp of world politics. If you lived in Israel and you were continually targeted with rockets, wouldn't you retaliate? Or are you too left-wing to do that?!

billyjosaunders

You are a blind idiot, Israel has one of the strongest armies in the world, the Palestinians don't have a army at all. Israel occupies Palestinian land and is building settlements on that occupied land. The Palestinians have a right to defend their land but as they have no army the only option they have left is firing home made rockets that are extremely basic and have no guidance systems and most of them do no damage at all. Compare these homemade rockets to the latest military equipment supplied to Israel, the latest f-15 fighter planes, cruise missiles, assault rifles, tanks, etc. It's not a war but Israel using its military power to steal Palestinian land and murdering Palestinian people including many babies, children, women, elderly and disabled, etc Why do you think the death count is so much higher on the Palestinian side? More and more people are waking up to the truth everyday and boycotting Israel and Israeli products due to it's actions. You have no idea of the situation in the middle east.

Saddlertd

You make Russell Brand seem sensible - you're a kn0b.

101 chicken chow mein

so why do the idiots keep firing the rockets into Israel ? the Israelis stated if they send rockets they will retaliate, they bring it upon themselves half the time.why don't you and your cronies turn your attention to protesting about choudrey and his hate mob this is the immediate threat closer to home.

billyjosaunders

Because Israel occupies their land, controls their airspace, controls their ports, cuts their electricity supply whenever they want, holds thousands of Palestinians in their dungeons without charge where they are tortured etc. The Palestinians are living in a open air prison.

101 chicken chow mein

hi Billyjo i feel sorry for any oppressed people but even you must admit they fire rockets and while they do this the situation will not be resolved.they would gain more sympathy if they ceased doing this. Hamas want to establish an Islamic state and crush Israel and like there lowlife brothers in isis do not give a hoot to the suffering they bring to the people of Palestine.The pen is mightier than the sword!

billyjosaunders

Over 95% of the rockets fired towards Israel do no damage at all, as they are extremely basic and have no guidance systems they end up hitting the middle of nowhere and there are no casualties, they are like fireworks compared to the laser guided military precision weapons of Israel which kill countless Palestinian civilians including babies and children, blow up Palestinian schools, hospitals and apartment complexes. The homemade rockets are the only form of resistance the Palestinians have, Israel continues to illegally build settlements on Palestinian occupied land. Hamas is a resistance group resisting Israeli occupation.

the dog

It seems we have an anti war protester posting on here who has obviously lost the plot, you ARE in England, if you are that concerned about the drones why don't you all catch a plane and protest in the country what uses them and leave England out of it or are you too much of a coward to do that!

Bored06

Well said! Billyjosaunders should change their name to just billy Saunders. Their initials would the be the same as their comments!!

Poem Master

or billy horrible

Bored06

Where are they protesting about isis? If the Palestinians don't like the fact that there is some one standing up to them, then They should stop their attacks on Israel.

It would be nice to see these idiots protesting about the slaughter of innocent people caused by muslims!!

Sharmwolf

These people have been allowed to disrupt the daily lives of many. Once again a lack of authority shown to remove them from areas such as roads to allow the many businesses to do their work. Protesting on the pavements is fine , in the road is a criminal offence and the law should have been enforced. A police spokesman says we are here to keep the peace and uphold the law. WRONG. You are there to uphold the law and keep the peace. If by upholding the law peace is disrupted then it is dealt with

billyjosaunders

The law has been enforced, the article clearly states arrests have been made.

charlie17

I believe that Hamas, who are based in Gaza, have vowed to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. I also believe that hundreds if not thousands of rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza prior to the last invasion. It is also a fact that Hamas shelters behind the civilian population. You have possibly read recently about the closure of the Goodyear factory with the loss of 300 plus jobs. These jobs have gone to Poland, do you really want to see this organisation move to Poland with the loss of more jobs in this country and the consequences for their families. It is thought you have either a cushy job working for the Government, you are on benefits or you are a child of the wealthy elite of some country because you obviously have no idea what it is like to lose your livelihood. Why don't you organise a protest about the killing of British people is Tunis by a terrorist trained in Libya. The protest should be in Libya ideally but then the protestors would most likely be hanged, shot or beheaded.

billyjosaunders

What you believe is fiction. Homemade rockets vs the latest military equipment. No army vs one of the most powerful armies in the world. How many of the rockets did any damage? Why is the civilIan death count so much larger on the Palestinian side? Israel purposely targets innocent Palestinian civilians, schools and hospitals. Hamas was recently removed from the international terrorist organisation list in the EU court. Why don't you organise a protest instead of asking me?

charlie17

If a protest would have an impact it would be worthwhile but all they do is cause misery for the families of the people who lose their jobs, in this case, whilst the drones will be manufactured in another country. You people only consider your own agenda and are selfish enough to believe your actions will not impact other people who are trying to provide for their families. If you really were concerned about Gaza you would go and demonstrate in Israel or the Israeli embassy in London at the very least. The problem is that this is a small factory and therefore an easy target for a group of people who can only be described as bullies, rather like you feel about Israel.

Boinggobaggies

Looking in from the outside on this one as I don't really care either way the biggest stumbling block to this argument seems to be Billy's opinion not that it's right or wrong but that he or she feels its the absolute and no one else should see the situation any differently.

You have to accept billy that not everyone will see it from your point of view and not everyone will even care. Some people have enough problems in their own lives already and in some cases such protests just add to them through the inconvenience caused.

the dog

Billy Joe have you thought for just one miniscule second about what the Palestinians thought about the Tunis attack, oh that happens every day in Palestine so they would not care or even bothered to care, so why should anyone care about Palestine or your twisted opinions.

Can't you see that by arguing the toss on here you are driving people even further away from your points of view.

I am sure most people on this coments page are very interested in your connection with Palestine, have you ever lived there or are you just a tree hugging tent dweller?

W C Boggs

The Saudi campaign in Yemen has now exceeded the Gaza death toll with 3,000 now killed.

Where is the "righteous moral outrage" at this injustice? More pertinently - does Billy Boy have any comment to make about this? I understand it's on the BBC somewhere.

Poem Master

If these freedom hating, terrorist scum love their buddies in the M.E so much, they should be rounded up and parachuted into Aleppo; see how their sympathy gets repayed.

markie

I just wonder if Israel were firing on the Gaza strip from or near schools, hospital buildings or residential areas and the Palestinians were better trained soldiers than the Israeli's would BJSaunders change his allegiance?

I must say that I support Israel's right to defend itself against attacks no matter how poorly these attacks are directed. The fact that innocent civilians are hurt is because Hamas deliberately place their launching sites near civilian populations.

I think Israel has shown great and commendable restraint against great provocation.

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