Sizewell: Protesters chain themselves across plant entrance

PROTESTERS masked as fish today locked themselves together across the entrance of Sizewell Nuclear Power Station.

Representing the Stop Nuclear Power Network group, they claim that the nuclear operators have not taken the possibility of flooding and coastal erosion at the plants into consideration.

The group locked themselves to the entrance of the site shortly before 7am.

One of the protesters, Mell Harrison, 39, of Geldeston, said: “One of the reasons we are here today is to highlight the plans and dangers of storing radioactive waste at Sizewell until 2130. “That is 129 years away. We have no idea what effect climate change and coastal erosion will have on this area.”

A spokesman for EDF, who own the station, said that workers were able to park further down the road and walk past the protesters to get to the site.

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He said: “Although we respect the rights of individuals to peaceful protest, we are sympathetic to the pressure these events can place on the local community with whom we have strong links.

“We believe strongly that low-carbon nuclear has a vital role in maintaining UK electricity supplies in the future.”

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The Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) have been deployed at all EDF Energy’s nuclear sites to enhance the security arrangements at all civil nuclear power stations.

Suffolk police said officers were called to the “small” protest at 6.58am and had re-directed traffic.

They served the campaigners with an order to leave the land and the group left the approach road to the power station. They left the area altogether at about 11am.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police gave notice to around half a dozen protesters at Sizewell to move under section 69 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.

“This directs them to leave the area and not return for three months or face arrest for the offence of aggravated trespass on private land.

“The protesters have now left the site.”

Sizewell has seen several blockades in the last couple of years since it was suggested as a possible site for new nuclear build.

Sizewell B was taken out of service at 4am on yesterday as a safety precaution after low levels of oil on a reactor cooling pump were detected.

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