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Campaigners join road block protest at atomic weapons site
ANTI-NUCLEAR campaigners from Oxford have joined dozens of activists at a protest at an atomic weapons site.
A disarmament camp at the Atomic Weapons Establishment site in Burghfield, Berkshire, started on August 26 and campaigners plan to remain at the site where nuclear weapons are made until tomorrow.
Protestors want the Government to stop producing nuclear warheads.
Thames Valley Police charged 10 people over the protests on Monday and issued cautions to 11 others. None were from Oxford.
Nigel Day, from St Clements, is a member of Oxford Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament and drove five people to the AWE site in Burghfield on Monday.
The 65-year-old joined a blockade of the main road leading to the site and was there for nine hours, while other protesters from Spain blocked the road for 14 hours.
He told the Oxford Mail: “People were on the road with flags and things. It was a very peaceful arrest. They were playing music and sitting in the road.
“People are building these weapons 30 miles away from us in Oxford.”
Nuala Young, from Iffley, a former Oxford city councillor, said: “It is spreading the word and that is the best thing we can do at the moment.
“Britain is well placed to drop its weapons programme and give an example to the world.”
She added: “The police were playing it very softly, softly.”
Sarah Lasenby, retired, from East Oxford, is a member of the Trident Ploughshares, and said: “We have had a peaceful camp. I was there from Sunday morning. We set up the camp to the surprise of the Ministry of Defence.
“We have had a very, very good response from the ministry of Defence (MoD) police.
“We have achieved what we wanted. We blocked both gates.
“It would be nice if we could get the Government to see that people don’t want nuclear weapons.”
Chief inspector Lindsey Finch, deputy local policing commander for Newbury, said: “We will continue to work with protesters to facilitate peaceful protest and ensure that any criminal activity is dealt with proportionately.”
An AWE spokeswoman said: “On-site security, and MoD and Thames Valley police will remain for the duration of any protest action.”