During the rooftop protest Sussex police tried to enlist the help of the local firefighters to bring the pair down but, once on the scene, the firefighters refused stating that they supported their struggle against the arms trade.
Having failed at all previous attempts to secure convictions against rooftop protesters, Sussex police used a cherry picker to deliver a warning to the pair. However, despite clearly hearing the warning, the crown prosecution service decided that, as there was insufficient evidence that the two intended to cause harassment, intimidation or disruption.
The action took place during the Smash Edo week of direct action. A peace camp in Mouslecoomb Wild Park had been set up. One of the campers told us that “Sussex police sneakily used the opportunity of protesters being in Fishersgate to steal tents from the camp.” It really is strange how Sussex police try to stifle legitimate protest while the courts, other local services and a large section of the community applaud it.