PRO-Palestinian protesters have scaled the roof of a factory in Runcorn.

Members of Palestine Action raided the premises of APPH, on Pembroke Court, at around 4.30am today, Thursday.

They claim that the site produces landing gear for Elbit drones which have been used in the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Runcorn and Widnes World:

Cheshire Police have been called to the scene, with red paint having been splattered across exterior walls and flares set off.

A force spokesman said: "Cheshire Police are aware of a protest taking place at a premises in the Manor Park area of Runcorn.

"The role of the force is to impartially allow for protesting while ensuring that others can continue in their legitimate business activities or commuting.

"However, where offences are committed we will take action.

"During protests, we ensure access to emergency vehicles is maintained and try to keep disruption to a minimum."

A Palestine Action spokesman added: "So far, activists have broken into the factory to dismantle drone and aircraft machinery, have destroyed property including floodlights, ventilators, windows and cameras, have sprayed blood-red paint across premises and are currently occupying the roof to prevent operations at the site."

Weaver Vale MP Mike Amesbury has also given his views.

He said: “People have got a right to protest, but it must be done peacefully.

“I would be very disappointed if any components used for military hardware involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are being manufactured in my constituency.”