Three men who broke into the former Elbit factory in Oldham and caused criminal damage have been sentenced more than three years after the incident.

Tom Doubtfire, James Henderson and Archie Dymoke all appeared at Bolton Crown Court on Friday, July 5, after they had previously pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal damage.

On April 13, 2021, the three men all broke into Cairo House on Greenacres Road, Waterhead, which served as a factory for the company Ferranti Technologies, which was purchased by Elbit Systems.

Archie Dymoke, James Henderson and Tom Doubtfire outside Bolton Crown CourtArchie Dymoke, James Henderson and Tom Doubtfire outside Bolton Crown Court (Image: Neil McAllister)

The factory was the site for many protests from activist group Palestine Action and people who opposed the manufacturing of weapons used by the Israeli military.

Doubtfire, 27, Henderson, 27, and Dymoke, 26, all entered as trespassers on the property with intent to cause unlawful damage.

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The trio caused damage to windows, a door, an air conditioning unit and computers at the site.

Pro-Palestine supporters attended the sentencingPro-Palestine supporters attended the sentencing (Image: Cath Ryde)

Doubtfire, of Denman Drive, Liverpool, Henderson, of Duddingston View, Edinburgh, and Dymoke of Cromrie Croft, Crieff, Scotland, all received the same sentence from Judge Nicholas Clarke KC.

Each man was handed a 12-month community order, requiring them to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.

They were also each ordered to pay £2,000 in compensation and £2,000 in court costs.