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Seven anti-arms supply protesters against Instro Precision, Sandwich to appear at Folkestone magistrates court

Seven activists against arms supply are due in court tomorrow after allegedly storming a factory.

The group is said to have targeted the site of Instro Precision at Discovery Park, Sandwich, in August.

Folkestone Magistrates Court
Folkestone Magistrates Court

They will appear before Folkestone magistrates in the morning on charges stemming from trespass.

Four defendants are Joshua Griffiths, 31, of no fixed address:Eleanor Keen, 54, of Slad Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire: Joshua Longbottom, 30,of Catherine Street, Aberdare, Mid Glamorgan and Kim Turner, 62, of Firle Road, Brighton.

The other three are from north London: Richard Barnard, 46, of Mattison Road, Harringay and Susannah Mengesha, 37, Lisa Butler, 39, from separate addresses in Commerce Road, Wood Green.

Each has one charge of obstructing/disrupting a person engaged in a lawful activity.

The charge specifically says that on August 27 and 28, having trespassed on the secure site of Instro Precision, they occupied the site with others and behaved in a manner likely to intimidate staff and prevent them from working.

It is alleged the defendants intended to have the effect of obstruction or disrupting that activity.

The lawful activity is described in the charge as engineering electro-optical sensor equipment for military and commercial companies.

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