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Five people have been arrested after a rooftop protest at a Shenstone factory.

The group had been on the roof at UAV Engines since Monday morning (14th September).

Two women and a man – aged between 26 and 47 and from London – remain in police custody having been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and trespassing offences. 

Two others, a 40-year-old man of no fixed address and a 50-year-old woman from Norfolk, have also been detained on suspicion of trespass and other criminal damage offences. They remain in police custody.

They come after two women and a man were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to cause criminal damage on Tuesday. They have since been placed on conditional bail.

Assistant Chief Constable Scott Green from Staffordshire Police said:

“We have been working hard to ensure that this issue was resolved peacefully and without too much disruption to the local community.

“We thoroughly support people’s right to protest but, when criminal acts were starting to be committed, we took the decision to arrest those involved.

“However, given the location of the protests, we needed to have a plan that would ensure the protest was resolved safely. We succeeded in doing this by using the experience and the specialist skills of officers.

“I would like to end by thanking the public and members of the local community for their constant support and cooperation during this time.”

Asst Ch Cons Scott Green, Staffordshire Police

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