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Protesters climb on power station

Climate protest - photo taken by campaigners
The protesters said they have food and water for a week

Activists have climbed an Oxfordshire power station chimney in a protest over climate change.

The group forced its way into Didcot Power Station at about 0530 GMT and said they would be there for "as long as possible".

Nine people have climbed the steps of one of the chimneys and 13 protesters are on the station's coal conveyer.

A spokeswoman for RWE npower said power generation had not been affected and the firm was working with the police.

He added: "We have stopped using the coal conveyor to ensure the safety of the protesters, however, we have coal stocks ready and other means of delivering coal to the boilers.

"We're currently burning gas but we may burn coal later today if need be."

We're going to be here for the long haul
Amy Johnson, protester

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said officers were at the scene negotiating with the protesters.

The group, which claims to have enough food and water to last for a week, have taken flags and a banner reading "Climate Justice" with them.

Protester Amy Johnson, a 20-year-old student from Oxford, said: "We're planning on staying as long as possible. We've got food and water for at least a week, so we're going to be here for the long haul."

A spokeswoman for RWE npower said three of the power station's four units had been converted to burn natural gas as an alternative to coal.

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