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Cautions for 19 AWE nuclear activists

AWE protest on 15 February 2010
Some protesters chained themselves together to block the road

Nineteen activists were given police cautions after protesting outside a nuclear weapons site in Berkshire.

A total of 26 activists were arrested on Monday when about 400 anti-nuclear campaigners spent eight hours at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE).

Some blocked the seven entrances while others locked themselves together in protest against the Trident submarine missile system being replaced.

Seven people were released on bail and the other 19 cautioned.

Ten men and one woman from Spain, a woman from Belgium, two women from London and a woman from Southampton, Hampshire, were given cautions for obstructing a public highway.

Chained together

Two woman from Belgium, a woman from Milton Keynes and two women from London were bailed on suspicion of the same offence.

For entering a secure site, two women from Edinburgh, a man from Glasgow, a woman from Bridport, Dorset, a man from Paisley, Renfrewshire and a woman from Lanarkshire were all bailed on suspicion of the offence.

Officers had to free people from the locks they had used to stay together in an attempt to clear access to the site.

Campaign group Trident Ploughshares, which said up to 800 people from across the UK and other countries were expected, described the protest as "the biggest blockade of Aldermaston in years".

AWE provides the warheads for Trident, the submarine-launched missile system that constitutes the UK's nuclear deterrent.



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