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Last Updated: Friday, 1 September 2006, 09:29 GMT 10:29 UK
Women charged over Drax protest
A line of police and protestors at Drax
Seven police forces helped to stop protesters shut down the plant
Two environmental campaigners arrested during a day of protests at Britain's largest coal-fired power station have been charged with aggravated trespass.

The women were among hundreds of people who tried to disrupt work at Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire on Thursday.

Police said they were due to appear at York Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Two farmers were among 41 people arrested during the protest. They are accused of trying to force their way through the crowds with their tractors.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said the farmers, who were not part of the protest, had been arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace and released on bail, pending further inquiries.

Campaigners were arrested for offences including possession of an offensive weapon, aggravated trespass, criminal damage and disorder.

Drax power station with camp
The majority of protesters have now left their camp

The spokesman said one of the arrested campaigners had been released with no further action.

A man arrested on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon on Friday morning was being questioned and the remainder had been released on bail.

Tight security remains in place at the power station. Some of the campaigners said they would stay at their nearby camp until Monday.

Seven forces were drafted in to stop protesters trying to shut down the power station.

North Yorkshire Police's Deputy Chief Constable, Ian McPherson, said he was "very pleased" with how the day had gone but it was important to continue to monitor the situation.

A group of up to 40 protesters tried to force their way into the power station but failed, he said.

"Some hot heads who consider themselves above the law have let down their more responsible colleagues and they discovered that North Yorkshire Police keeps its promises.

"We said we would deal firmly and decisively with law breaking and we have."


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