Ten arrested following ‘drilled lorry tyres’ at Somerset Müller site
Ten people have now been arrested in connection with an ongoing protest at a dairy plant near Bridgwater. Animal Rebellion protesters broke onto the site of the Muller facility in Bridgwater overnight, with the group claiming its members were drilling holes in truck tyres to disrupt the company's distribution. The acts come amid a weekend of protests at dairy production areas across England, with eight people arrested after similar protests at the Muller plant in Stonehouse, near Stroud in Gloucestershire.
READ MORE: Animal Rebellion activists drill lorry tyres at Somerset Muller site as part of protests Chief Inspector for Avon and Somerset Police Dan Forster said: "A small number of people accessed the private site at just after 6am yesterday morning. Seven people were arrested yesterday while a further three have been taken into custody this morning.
"They have been arrested on suspicion of offences including aggravated trespass, criminal damage and conspiracy to commit criminal damage. Four of those arrested - all men - have since been bailed with conditions while the others, five men and a woman, remain in custody. "Five protesters remain on site and they have all climbed on top of objects and locked themselves to them.Seven were arrested yesterday (September 4) and another three were taken into custody this morning.
Pictured: protestors at Aylesbury
"Specialist resources, including the Protest Removal Team, have been brought in to assist with the policing response while officers also remain around the perimeter of the site to prevent any further protesters from gaining access." He added: "Operations are continuing at the site and there hasn't been any impact on the wider public or disruption to surrounding roads. "We fully respect the fundamental democratic right to protest, but where criminal offences are being committed we'll always seek to use the powers available to us to take robust action."
The group has stated they will continue taking action until the British Government enters negotiations for its two demands:
- Government supports farmers and fishing communities to move away from animal farming and fishing as part of an urgent and immediate transition to a plant-based food system.
- Government commits to rewild the freed-up land and ocean as part of a broader programme of wildlife restoration and carbon drawdown.
They have also taken to the streets in London in light of the announcement for the next leader of the Conservative Party.
Reports say Animal Rebellion have blocked the access road road between Westminister Abbey and The QE2 Conference centre, calling on the new PM to commit towards their demands.