Three people locked themselves to the gates of the Elbit Systems factory early this morning. The factory, in the Meridian Business Park, produces drone parts for the Israeli military.

I cycled round this bleak empty industrial estate, searching for the factory. There was nobody around, just trucks going back and forth. The factory is unmarked on Google Maps, there is no sign on the front, the windows are blacked out and the building itself is concealed from the road by trees and shrubs.

factory entrance

I found some curious tape on the path.

war crime scene

The security guards in high-viz jackets caught my eye. I went up to the fence and asked them if it was Elbit Systems. One guy in a shirt immediately put his hand over his ID card and told me to move on. That more or less confirmed that it was the place. I went back a few minutes later and tried to talk to one of the guards protecting the roof, he covered his face and waved at me to go away.

factory guard

The public address listed by Royal Mail for this building is:

UAV Tactical Systems
Unit F
Meridian East
Meridian Business Park
LE19 1WZ

There was no sign of the activists, they had already been arrested by the time I got there.