Nine charged over Shenstone factory rooftop protest

Protesters at Shenstone factory Members of the London Palestine Action group climbed on to the roof of UAV Engines Ltd in Shenstone

Nine people have been charged after a two-day protest at a factory that produces engines for drone aircraft.

Nine members of the London Palestine Action group climbed on to the roof of UAV Engines Ltd in Shenstone, Staffordshire, at 05:00 BST on Tuesday, closing the plant.

They were protesting against UK arms sales to Israel.

The group of four men and five women men have been charged with aggravated trespass.

Three women and three men from London, a woman from Sussex, man from Manchester and a woman from Surrey have been bailed to appear before magistrates in Cannock on 20 August.

All nine had been removed from the factory by 20:30 BST on Wednesday, Staffordshire Police said.

London Palestine Action said protesters had also been campaigning against Israel's military action in Gaza.

Lynn Lane in Shenstone was closed during the protest, but has since reopened.

UAV produces engines for unmanned aerial vehicles.

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