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Peace Campers board nuclear submarine

Two campaigners from Faslane Peace Camp were arrested on Wednesday morning aboard the Royal Navy submarine HMS Ambush at its berth in Faslane. Security at the site - home to Britain's Trident nuclear weapons and headquarters of the Royal Navy – was again called into question by the protestors' actions.

Speaking today following her release from custody, boarding party member Heather Stewart (29) expressed surprise at the success of the action. 'I am amazed and disturbed by the accessibility of the UK's top defence site. Up to eighty nuclear warheads are often stationed here, along with several nuclear reactors. We thought we could get in, but not that we would be arrested within meters of nuclear materials.'

 

 HMS Ambush is one of the new Astute class of hunter-killer submarines. Two of a planned seven Astutes have been completed, with all seven intended to be based alongside the £100 billion Trident replacement at Faslane. The base is currently undertaking a £31 million expansion to accommodate the additional service personnel for these submarines.

'These submarines use the same leaky reactor which has recently been disclosed to have caused problems at Dounreay. Bringing another five to Faslane will double the chances of nuclear accident and increase the amount of nuclear waste on our roads and railways,' said Jamie Watson (29) on release from Dumbarton Sheriff Court.

Having been charged with bye-laws offences, malicious mischief, and offences under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act, the protestors were allowed to leave custody with no trial date set. Stewart said, 'Direct actions such as this are necessary, to reflect the overwhelming public support for scrapping Trident and to show that we won't accept a Trident replacement or new nuclear submarines.

'Since there's nowhere else for them to go, a “Yes” vote in September will help pile on the pressure for these engines of destruction to be sent to the breaker's yard as part of a programme of unilateral disarmament.'

(Faslane Peace Camp Press Release)

Faslane Peace Camp 01436 820 901

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