Arrests made at McDonald’s protest at Scunthorpe burger factory

Police have arrested four people while at a blockade at a Scunthorpe factory that supplies millions of burgers to McDonald’s.

Humberside Police officers have been at the scene throughout the blockade which started on Thursday and are attempting to negotiate with the protestors and move the structures and vehicles causing the disruption.

As well as the four arrests, nine people have been reported for summons.

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Assistant Chief Constable Chris Noble said: “We can confirm that four people have been arrested on suspicion of a number of offences whilst a further nine people have now been reported for summons under section 241 of the Trades Union Act.

“Whilst we recognise the right to lawful protest is a key part of any democracy, we also recognise the rights of local companies to go about their legitimate business.

“Where offences have been committed, appropriate action will be taken, and a thorough investigation will be carried out.”

The camp was set up outside the OSI Food Solutions facility, in Luneburg Way, by the group Animal Rebellion in the early hours of Thursday.

Within hours more than 50 people were in attendance with a combination of vehicles and bamboo structures blocking access to the factory.

Animal Rebellion, which describes the blockade as “the McDonald’s factory occupation” is trying to stay at the site as long as possible and say they “won’t be going any time soon”.

The group says it is “demanding that McDonald’s switch to a fully plant-based food menu by 2025”.

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