Four people have been arrested and nine others summoned under the Trade Union Act as vegan activists blockading a McDonald’s burger factory in Scunthorpe head into their third day of action.
Around 50 Animal Rebellion protesters set up a demonstration at OSI Food Solutions in Luneburg Way on Thursday morning, vowing to stay there until McDonald’s commits to going fully plant-based by 2025.
The campaigners say the factory produces 3 million patties for McDonald’s every day, and they want to cause disruption to the supply chain.
But last night Humberside Police assistant Chief Constable, Chris Noble said local companies had a right to ‘go about their business’ and officers were at the scene.
He 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 campaigners climbed up huge bamboo structures to blockade the factory.
This morning, Animal Rebellion said: “Rebels in the beacon have now been in position for 55 hrs and are determined to stay until removed in order to maintain the blockade as long as possible.”