THREE arrests have been made after a two-day rooftop protest at a factory in Runcorn was ended.

Cheshire Police have detained two men and one woman on suspicion of criminal damage and aggravated trespass at the premises of APPH, on Pembroke Court, this afternoon.

One of the trio was also held on suspicion of failing to appear at court.

Members of Palestine Action first raided the site at around 4.30am yesterday, Thursday.

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The group claims that landing gear for Elbit drones which have been used in the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is produced in the factory.

Officers were called to the scene after red paint was splatted across exterior walls and flares were set off.

Witnesses also reported seeing fire extinguishers being thrown through the roof, as well as damage to skylights.

Chief inspector Leeroy Moss said: “We would like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding while we dealt with this incident."

A force spokesman added: “The incident at an industrial premises in the Manor Park area of Runcorn has now concluded.

“Two men and one woman have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and aggravated trespass.

“One was arrested for failing to appear at court.

“Officers were on hand during the incident to try to keep any disruption to a minimum and to ensure that access for emergency vehicles was maintained.”