Update: Luneburg Way incident concludes
Over the course of the last four days officers have been in attendance at a demonstration of around 50 people at a food distribution centre on Luneburg Way in Scunthorpe. This involved a significant number of complex ‘lock-on’ devices and also saw a vehicle driven dangerously in the immediate vicinity of police officers and protestors.
Assistant Chief Constable Chris Noble said: “Following a lengthy, complex and proportionate police operation I can now confirm that today (Sunday 18 July) at 12:40pm the protest came to an end. This incident has significantly disrupted the operations of a local business and employer which has now been able to resume normal business.
“Whilst we recognise the right to protest is a key part of any democracy, we also recognise the rights of local companies to go about their legitimate business.
“A total of seven people were arrested on suspicion of a number of offences and later charged. All seven people were charged with S241 of the Trade Union Act. Two people have been charged with aggravated trespass and a further four people have been charged with obstructing the highway. One man was also charged with driving without due care and attention.
“All individuals have been released on police bail to appear at court at a later date. In addition, eleven people have been reported for summons.
“Where offences have been committed, appropriate action has been taken, and our investigation continues.
“I’d like to thank members of the public and our local community for their patience and support throughout the course of the incident. I would also like to thank and recognise my officers for their professionalism and resilience against the backdrop of extremely warm conditions.