Pro-Palestine activists are blockading the road to the L3Harris arms factory in protest against their supply of bomb racks used in fighter jets that Israel uses.

Images on social media show masked protesters blocking Home Farm Road in Brighton and some lying in the road. Two protesters are also locked on to the gates.

An anonymous protester said they had shut down L3Harris "in solidarity with Palestinians in Palestine, in our city and around the world. We implore L3Harris workers join a union and build pressure on their management and help break the kill chain and look for work elsewhere".

The L3Harris factory in Moulsecoomb has long been the site of  industrial action, with activists erecting a “peace camp” there for five weeks before leaving of their own accord last week. There was also a previous blockade of the road in January this year.

The company manufactures parts such as bomb racks for fighter jets, which have been sold to the Israeli Defence Force.

L3Harris has been approached for comment.

A spokesman from Sussex Police said: “We are aware of and are monitoring a protest at a site in Home Farm Road, Brighton, currently.

The incident is ongoing and the public can expect to see a visible police presence in the meantime.”

L3Harris's landlords Paxton said: "While Paxton owns the building that L3Harris currently operates from, there is no other link whatsoever between the two businesses. We are completely separate entities with separate ownership, leadership and work in entirely different industries. Paxton designs and manufactures electronic security systems that are installed in schools, hospitals, commercial and residential buildings in the UK and beyond. We have no influence over the work of L3Harris."