A Bristol man has been charged after animal rights protesters blockaded a McDonald’s distribution centre over the weekend.
Animal Rebellion used trucks and bamboo structures at distribution sites in Hemel Hempstead, Basingstoke, Coventry and Heywood, Greater Manchester, to stop lorries from leaving depots on Saturday May, 22.
It’s estimated around 100 people took part in the protests and up to 1,900 lorries were disrupted.
McDonald’s has scrapped its planned Monday discounted deals and some other special offers following the demonstrations.
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The charges against the Bristol man relate to ‘aggravated trespass’ at the Basingstoke facility.
Sidney Davies, 21, of Chessel Street will be appearing Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on June 10.
Eight people in total have been charged with aggravated trespass.
A Hampshire police spokesman confirmed that people had been arrested for aggravated trespass, as well as “watching or besetting a house or place to compel the abstention or doing of a lawful act, an offence under Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992”.
Those also charged include:
- Jennifer D’Netto, 51, of Rothwell Road, Malvern Wells, Worcestershire
- Kiera Ilett-Jones, 24, of Albemarle Road, Beckenham, Kent
- Elizabeth Flynn, 32
- Rose Patterson, 31
- Adam Haigh, 21, all of no fixed address
- Bethany Croakin, 25, and Jasmine Maslen, 18, both of no fixed address
Chief Inspector Matt Reeves, of Hampshire police, 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.”
Hertfordshire Police said six people were also arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass, criminal damage and intimidating behaviour.
Animal Rebellion is demanding McDonald’s commits to becoming fully plant-based by 2025.
The organisation’s spokesman, James Ozden, said protests at Coventry and Heywood ended voluntarily at 10am and 4am on Sunday, respectively.
Mr Ozden said the action was aimed at criticising the animal agriculture industry for its part in the global climate crisis.
A McDonald’s UK spokesman said on Sunday that its distribution centres had reopened and were back in service delivering to its restaurants.