Sussex

Brighton arms factory protesters arrested after march

Ten people were arrested after protesters locked themselves to a barrier of an arms factory in Brighton.

Demonstrators from pressure group SmashEdo marched to the EDO MBM Technology building, in Moulsecoomb, earlier.

Five people were arrested on suspicion of locking themselves to a barrier and four others for allegedly breaching the Public Order Act.

Another protester was arrested on suspicion of breaching bail conditions.

The group had earlier claimed it would attempt to carry out a "citizens' weapon inspection" on the site.

Sussex Police said between 60 and 70 people took part in the demonstration.

Supt Ian Davies said: "The intentions of the demonstrators were not shared with us.

"Mindful of the appalling weather conditions and the potential effect on protesters and the disruption that the 'lock-on' caused, we had to take action to remove the protesters ensuring that we did so safely and that no-one was physically put at risk."

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