Thwaites brewery has come under attack from a large group of travellers who illegally forced their way onto their site in Blackburn on Saturday night.
A spokesman for Thwaites said: 'We have effectively been evicted from our head office and brewery site by a group of up to 100 travellers who are now denying us access in an aggressive stand-off. They are putting our family business in real and present danger.
'We have been in Blackburn for over 200 years and have never experienced anything like this. They have no business on our site and are carrying out criminal damage as we speak.
'We are in discussions with police who have supported us during the course of the day and have the powers to evict this group immediately under Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, which they have not yet exercised. We desperately need their help to remove these people as soon as possible.
'Hourly the site is being degraded and in the space of a day has become a disgusting mess. We call on the police to act now to address this situation.
'We have established a crisis centre to ensure our customers can continue to do business with us, but every hour's delay, or awaiting the courts opening on Tuesday after the bank holiday to get an eviction notice will mean further criminal damage to our site and our business.
'We find ourselves powerless victims in this situation and I find it incredible that these travellers are allowed to get away with this sort of behaviour.'
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