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Western Daily Press: Somerset's Hinkley Point nuclear plant blockaded by campaigners

More than 200 anti-nuclear campaigners blockaded Hinkley Point nuclear power station yesterday to protest against Government proposals for a new wave of nuclear power stations, set to start with Hinkley C.

But EDF Energy, the French-owned company which runs Hinkley, said the long-planned blockade had no effect on the Somerset nuclear plant.

It said deliveries were brought forward and the workforce arrived on site early.

The company said it accepted the campaigners’ right to peaceful protest and it was “business as usual”.

Western Morning News: Anti-nuclear alliance vows 'resistance' to Hinkley build

Protesters who blockaded a nuclear power station yesterday have said their actions were a "phenomenal success" in shedding light on opposition to new nuclear reactors.

Members of several anti-nuclear groups who are part of the Stop New Nuclear alliance barred access to Hinkley Point power station in Somerset in protest against EDF Energy's plans to renew the site with two new reactors.

Stop New Nuclear claimed more than 200 people took part in the peaceful "celebration of resistance" – which saw just one arrest – while EDF said the number of protesters was closer to 100.

Morning Star online: Activists blockade nuclear plant

More than 200 people blockaded a nuclear power station yesterday in protest at plans to build new reactors at the site.

The Stop New Nuclear alliance, which is composed of several anti-nuclear groups, says it is barring access to Hinkley Point power station in Somerset in protest at EDF Energy's intention to construct two new reactors.

These would be the first of eight new nuclear power stations to be built in Britain.

The Independent: Groups fight new nuclear reactors

A protester holds a sun-shaped banner at a protest against EDF Energy's plans to install two new reactors at the Hinkley Point power station in Somerset. More than 200 people, including members of several anti-nuclear groups who are part of the Stop New Nuclear alliance, were reported to have blockaded the site.

Stop New Nuclear spokesman Andreas Speck said: "The Government has hoodwinked the public into believing we need nuclear power to keep the lights on. But this is totally untrue." PA

BBC News Somerset: Hinkley Point protest: Blockade at nuclear power station

Up to 400 protesters blockaded the entrance to Hinkley Point nuclear power station in Somerset.

They warned this could be the first of a number of demonstrations over plans for a new nuclear power station at the site.

Power firm EDF said of 500 employees at the plant, only essential staff had been called in and had arrived by bus at dawn.

Deliveries had also been re-scheduled.

An EDF spokesman said: "The station's still generating power and essential staff are on site."

Any unexpected deliveries had been taken to an alternative entrance.

Hinkley Point blockaders declare victory over EDF Energy

Anti-nuclear protesters have declared the mass blockade at Hinkley Point today as a victory over EDF Energy. The nine-hour blockade in Somerset attracted supporters from all over the UK. Several came from as far afield as Ireland, Germany and Belgium.

Stop New Nuclear spokesperson, Andreas Speck, said the blockade has put the government and EDF on the back foot. ‘Following the interest this blockade has attracted, both regionally and nationally, the government and EDF can no longer claim that the we need nuclear energy to keep the lights on.’

ITV West Country: Hinkley nuclear blockade

Demonstrators have been blocking the main access road to Hinkley Point power station in Somerset to highlight their opposition to plans for two new super reactors.

The power station's owners EDF have applied for planning permission to build on the site, which is one of the locations proposed by the Government.

EDF brought in staff early to try to ensure the blockade had little effect on their running of the site. Our Somerset correspondent was at Hinkley as the protesters arrived at first light.

By: David Woodland

Reuters.com: UK nuclear plant works on during protest

* Police arrest man in his 40s for knife possession

* Protesters say have sealed off entry to nuclear plant

* Protesters oppose nuclear new build plans

LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Two reactors at EDF Energy's UK Hinkley Point nuclear power plant continued operating as normal on Monday, while one man was arrested during anti-nuclear protests at the site which blocked access to the nuclear plant, the operator and local police said.

Euronews, 3 October: Protesters block access to nuclear site

Euronews reported on the Hinkley blockade at least in seven languages:

English: Protesters block access to nuclear site

Guardian online: Hinkley Point power station blockaded by anti-nuclear protesters

Activists from Stop New Nuclear alliance objecting to EDF Energy's plans to install two new reactors at the Somerset site

More than 200 people are blockading a nuclear power station in protest at plans to build new reactors at the site.

Members of several anti-nuclear groups that are part of the Stop New Nuclear alliance say they are barring access to Hinkley Point power station near Bridgwater, Somerset, in protest at EDF Energy's plans to renew the site with two new reactors.

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