Workers hold boss hostage in redundancy meltdown

Police were called in to free the British director of an ice cream factory in Saint-Dizier, France, last week, after he was held hostage by angry workers.

Prakesh Patel was outlining redundancy terms for more than half of 493 employees at the Unilever-owned Cogesal-Miko plant, when he was frog-marched to his office and held captive overnight.

Police broke into the building the following morning to free him, however, but not before reportedly injuring 14 employees during a scuffle.

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