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County's concern over nuclear matterials

PUBLISHED: 11:36 19 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:41 03 March 2010

CARGOES of highly radioactive nuclear materials are to continue being transported through Suffolk - despite concerns they could be terrorist targets.

The Department of Trade and Industry and the Office for Civil Nuclear Security have examined the possible risks involved and have decided not to halt the transport.

CARGOES of highly radioactive nuclear materials are to continue being transported through Suffolk – despite concerns they could be terrorist targets.

The Department of Trade and Industry and the Office for Civil Nuclear Security have examined the possible risks involved and have decided not to halt the transport.

The decision follows the stepping up of security surrounding the cargoes and nuclear power stations in general in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

Railway trains regularly take highly radioactive spent fuel from the Sizewell A and Bradwell nuclear power stations to Sellafield in Cumbria via Ipswich and London.

About 200 trains from nuclear plants in southern England pass through the capital each year and the Greater London Authority is pressing for a review of security.

GLA members have said they believe the threat of sabotage has not been taken seriously enough.

The Government is currently being urged to change the law to give greater powers to the UK Atomic Energy Authority Constabulary and British Transport Police.

The former is responsible for guarding reprocessing works and plutonium stores in the north of England and Scotland while the latter oversees the transport of nuclear materials.

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