Environmental activists staged a protest at a Vestas-owned wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight in England today in bid to save hundreds of jobs.

The campaigners occupied the roof of the Vestas factory in Cowes and vowed to stay there until workers sacked for their continuing sit-in at a plant in nearby Newport last week are reinstated.

A group of 11 workers who have occupied the Newport plant for the last two weeks face another court hearing today as Danish-owned Vestas Wind Systems attempts to end their occupation.

Last week the company failed to get a possession order at Newport county court to remove the workers from the factory, where 625 staff were warned that they will lose their jobs.

The Cowes factory was occupied at 4am by a Climate Camp group and members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, which has been calling for urgent talks with the government in an effort to save the Newport factory.