Security foil ‘violent attack’ from protestors at British drone factory
Protestors were foiled from staging a "violent attack" on a drone factory in Staffordshire. Five protestors - allegedly armed with 'wrecking equipment' - tried to gain access to UAV Engines in Shenstone, Lichfield, at around 7am today, August 4. The company said the protestors were stopped from gaining access by security.
Equipment was said to have been seized including a wrecking kit, tools and a fire extinguisher. It is not believed anyone gained access to the site during the incident. A spokesperson for the company said: "An attempted violent attack against UAV Engines was foiled this morning by our security team, working with the police.
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"Elbit Systems UK proudly provides vital equipment for the British military and it is highly irresponsible to attempt to illegally disrupt this work and endanger employees' safety." It is not yet known who the protestors were, but the site has been subject to protests by Palestine Action this year. Campaigners from the group claim the site is used for the construction of drone engines used by the Israeli state against Palestinians.
Last week, on July 27, six people were arrested after activists allegedly chucked red paint and smashed their way onto the premises. On July 5, five people were arrested after protestors chained themselves to the gates. A protest took place outside of its gates on February 8. Staffordshire Police has been approached for comment.