Sizewell protestors defiant

SEVEN die-hard Green Peace protestors today remained defiant and refused to leave their camp on a rooftop at Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station.Having braved the chilly temperatures, the wind and rain for more than 24 hours the protestors remained determined not to be budged.

SEVEN die-hard Green Peace protestors today remained defiant and refused to leave their camp on a rooftop at Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station.

Having braved the chilly temperatures, the wind and rain for more than 24 hours the protestors remained determined not to be budged.

Blake Lee-Harwood, 40, from London was one of the seven remaining protestors on the roof. He said today: "The weather is miserable but we plan to stay as long as we can. We have no fixed plan at the moment but we have plenty of food and drink and we managed to get a good night sleep.

"It was a pretty reasonable night here on top of the roof and our sleeping bags and tents together with the shelter from the parapet protected us well from the harsh wind."

Mr Lee-Harwood confirmed there were still seven people on top of the cooling water pump house of which five were men and two women.

He added: "We are very happy that we have managed to bring this argument to the heart of the nuclear industry. The aim of the protest was to put pressure on the government not to approve the new generation of nuclear power plants in the UK."

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The protestors said they were extremely surprised at how easily they had found it to gain access to an incredibly sensitive area which could be a potential terrorist target.

Mr Lee- Harwood added: "We expected a lot more physical barriers to prevent us from gaining access than there was. In fact it was not difficult at all it was quite easy, which is very worrying."

However British Energy confirmed that the protesters had not got close to any radiologically controlled areas or the site control room.

British Energy operates eight of the most modern nuclear reactor power stations in the UK, including Sizewell B, and is the UK's largest generator, producing one fifth of the country's electricity.

The hundred strong group of activists arrived at the power station in a convoy of vans and coaches at around 7.15am yesterday and clambered over the perimeter fence using ladders.

Suffolk police yesterday arrested 40 people who had been involved in the protest.

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