Workers at a Rolls-Royce plant in Patchway, South Gloucestershire are at the centre of an investigation following a series of unsavoury incidents at the £75 million factory. According to at least two members staff who did not want to be named, an inquiry has been launched by bosses to try and identify the mystery person behind a string of dirty protests at the ultra-modern plant. The incidents have involved the smearing of excrement in several areas of the factory which specialises in making engines for jet fighters.
Although the factory has not been forced to close down, production areas have had to be sealed off following the mystery protests. Bosses at Rolls-Royce have been reluctant to speak publicly about the incidents but the series of attacks are the talk of the factory, which employs around 3,500 staff. One worker, who did not want to be named, said: "There has been an investigation launched and this has happened around eight times.
"They have had to close off areas that have been smeared with the stuff while it is cleaned up. I have worked here for several years and we have never had anything likes this before." The member of staff added: "It is really odd and it is the one thing in the factory that everyone is talking about. Whoever is doing this is revolting and disgusting but in a weird sort of way it has brought people together, we all want to see this stopped as soon as possible.
"It is hard to figure out what makes people tick but they must have a real grudge against the firm." Because of its connections to the defence industry the factory has high levels of security and the firm is highly sensitive about the kind of work carried out there. In addition to manufacturing jet fighter engines, service contracts for military aircraft are run from the factory. The factory which opened 2008 also makes turbines for major ships.