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Last Updated: Monday, 12 February 2007, 13:52 GMT
Anti-nuclear protesters arrested
Faslane naval base on the Clyde
A year of protests are taking place at Faslane on the Clyde
Twelve anti-nuclear protesters have been arrested at the home of the UK's Trident nuclear deterrent.

The demonstrators from Coventry were taking part in a year-long blockade of the Faslane naval base on the Clyde.

The Faslane 365 campaign started in October and has seen groups travel from across the world to protest.

About 35 people took part in the protest. Arrests were made during two incidents where demonstrators blocked a road leading to the base.

The Navy has four submarines based at Faslane which carry Trident missiles armed with nuclear warheads.

Prime Minister Tony Blair last year announced plans to upgrade Trident at a cost of up to 20bn.

Alan Sprung, a spokesman for the Coventry group, said: "This peaceful protest was designed to encourage the government to reconsider its proposal to spend tens of billions of pounds of taxpayers' money on replacing a weapons system which will ultimately make us even less secure than we already are."

Mr Sprung's daughter and wife were among those arrested, he said.

A total of 514 arrests have been made since the Faslane 365 campaign began.

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