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18 arrested following Animal Rebellion protest at Farnborough abattoir

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18 arrested following Animal Rebellion protest at Farnborough abattoir

Published by Josh Kerr at 1:21pm 17th October 2019. (Updated at 2:13pm 17th October 2019)

A total of 18 people have been arrested after a "lock on" protest by Animal Rebellion at an abattoir in Farnborough.

Of those arrested three people were charged over the action at the site in Peabody Road yesterday (16 October).

Hampshire Constabulary said two people from London and another from Germany were charged with obstruction or disruption of a person engaged in lawful activity.

They have all been released on conditional bail with conditions not to enter Hampshire other than to attend court or attend legal appointments - and will appear before Basingstoke Magistrates Court on 31 October.

A further 14 people were arrested and were given cautions with conditions not to trespass for three months.

Police added that an additional 23-year-old woman of no fixed abode remained in custody, but has since been given a conditional caution.

Hart & Rushmoor Chief Inspector John Halfacre said: “Everyone has the right to free speech and protest.

"However, officers will take necessary action against the few who deliberately choose to act outside the law.”

Farnborough Abattoir Animal Rebellion
Farnborough Abattoir Animal Rebellion
Demonstrators locked themselves to a lorry.

In a Facebook post Animal Rebellion said: "Our brave and peaceful rebels attended a heartbreaking vigil at a slaughterhouse in Farnborough.

"This slaughterhouse is in a residential area, opposite houses and close to the local school, who witness the trucks full of cows, sheep and pigs who arrive here regularly, on their final journey.

"We protested against the trauma that both the animals and slaughterhouse workers have to endure in these facilities."

The move, which had been kept secret by organisers, appears to have angered a separate protest group called Farnborough Animal Action who hold regular vigils outside the slaughterhouse and describe themselves as a "local group of committed grassroots activists".

In response to the action they said: "We had no idea this action was planned to take place and we were not involved in any way.

"Animal Rebellion didn't let us know what they had planned or ask if we wanted to join them.

"We are very disappointed by this and we hope that this will not impact our future actions. It would be a terrible shame to let three years of work go to waste."

Farnborough Abattoir Animal Rebellion
Farnborough Abattoir Animal Rebellion

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