Three arrested at bakery picket line

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A STRIKE at a Wigan bakery spilled over into public disorder for the first time with police having to intervene when roads around the Cale Lane site were blocked.

More than 80 protesters were on site outside the Premier Foods bakery – which produces Hovis brand bread and crumpets – at 2am on Monday morning, Greater Manchester Police said.

Some blocked the road to prevent delivery lorries from leaving.

Two people were later arrested for obstructing the highway and a third for a public order offence.

Chief Inspector Mark Kenny said: “This was a proportionate police response to quite a sizeable demonstration.

“A small number did commit offences so, as anyone would expect, we had to take direct action to ensure it passed off peacefully.”

Members of the Bakers and Food Allied Workers Union(BFAWU) will end their second week long strike tomorrow at 6am but another is planned to start from September 25 if their dispute with Premier Foods management is not resolved.

The series of strikes have been about the use of agency staff and zero-hours contracts at the New Springs bakery .