AS you sit down to read your "Courier" today, Thursday, September 7, myself and my husband, Gerald, will be blocking the road outside London Dockland's Excel Centre.

In worship alongside other Quakers and Faith Groups, we will be attempting to delay lorries delivering weapons to Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair – one of the world's largest arms fairs, that takes place every two years.

It's a terrifying opportunity for arms dealers to network and forge relationships in order to cultivate customers.

Of the 67 countries who were invited to attend in 2019, 55 are named by Human Rights Watch as having committed abuses.

While millions of pounds are exchanged, ordinary people, with needs the same as ours, will have their lives and hopes torn apart.  

Laura Conyngham

Old Tiverton Road