Preston supermarkets get ‘milked’ in farming protest

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A group of young farmers have carried out surprise Milk Trolley Challenge raids on three Preston supermarkets.

Protesters from as far away as Manchester and Kendal converged on Morrisons on Preston Docks, Aldi in Deepdale and Asda in Fulwood on Tuesday evening to carry out ‘challenges’, whereby all cartons of milk in shops were cleared from fridges and either dumped at the checkout, or paid for and distributed free of charge outside.

Milk Trolley Challenge at Asda, Fulwood

Milk Trolley Challenge at Asda, Fulwood

The demonstration comes after Arla, Britain’s biggest milk co-operative, announced a price cut of 0.8 p per litre - taking the standard litre price to 23.01p for its UK members.

It costs between 30 and 32p to produce each litre of milk, according to British dairy organisation AHDB Dairy.

Police were called to Aldi and Asda, but it is not thought any arrests were made.