PEACE campaigners staged a two-hour protest at the gates of a South Cheshire arms factory.

They demonstrated outside the BAe Systems ammunition plant at Radway Green, Alsager, against the role it plays in what they claim is 'mass killing throughout the world'.

The event, on International Human Rights Day on Wednesday, saw more than 20 supporters of the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) and other peace and human rights groups gather with placards.

It was the 40th and final protest in a CAAT tour of Britain.

Co-ordinator Chris Cole said: 'It went very well and we were pleased with the turnout of more than 20 people.

'Lots of people are unhappy about the arms trade but what they don't know about is the part this factory on their doorstep plays.

'It has been a successful tour. I think we have raised lots of awareness about the arms trade and contributed to the general campaign against it.

'Small arms are the basic method of mass killing throughout the world.

'The proliferation of small arms leads to destabilisation, conflict and the killing of innocent civilians, including children.

'Despite this, BAe Systems boasts that it sells guns and ammunition to more than 50 countries.

'If we want real peace and security in the world, we need to end the arms trade.'

CAAT's Site Unseen tour was aimed at raising awareness of the arms trade and showing how people can work together at a local and national level to end it.

The campaign group was set up in 1974 by a number of peace and other organisations who were concerned about the growth in the arms trade following the rising tide of violence in the Middle East.

BAe Systems declined to comment on the protest. For more details about the campaign, phone CAAT on 0207 2810297 or e-mail