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Protesters arrested at airbase
protest march
The protesters believe nuclear weapons are stored at the base
Eleven peace campaigners have been arrested following a protest at an American airbase in Suffolk on Monday.

Ministry of Defence police arrested nine people and Suffolk Police arrested two, on suspicion of causing criminal damage and possible public order offences at RAF Lakenheath.

Lakenheath Action Group had been planning to trespass as part of its protest.

Protesters said they would be trying to find evidence of nuclear weapons at the base.

Monday's protest was part of an anti-nuclear movement demonstration which began on Sunday.

'Strong feelings'

The group maintains that RAF Lakenheath is the primary US tactical airbase in Europe and that nuclear weapons are stored there.

On Sunday, there was a silent march from a car park south of the main gate on the A1065 to the main gate itself.

Davida Higgin, one of the organisers of the march, said that although there had been protests in the past, there was always the need to do it again.

"We feel very strongly that we have to keep pushing this issue to the public to raise public awareness about the dangers, the risks and the illegality of these weapons at Lakenheath," she said.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence Police said nine people had been arrested inside the base and two outside.

He said protesters had cut fencing to gain access to the base, but he was not aware of any damage inside the base.

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