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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 April, 2005, 11:17 GMT 12:17 UK
Prescott roof activists released
Activists on the top of John Prescott's house
The protest ended when Mr Prescott refused to talk to demonstrators
Eight Greenpeace activists arrested after staging a protest on the roof of John Prescott's home have been freed on police bail.

On Tuesday campaigners attempted to install solar panels at the deputy prime minister's home in Sutton, Hull.

Three women and a man from London, a woman from Powys, Wales, and three men from Matlock, Penrith and Stroud, were arrested after the demonstration.

Police have told them to stay away from Hull and Mr Prescott's family.

Perhaps they could now take their two solar panels and put them in an old pensioner's home... instead of yabbering
John Prescott

The eight protesters ended their campaign after Mr Prescott refused to talk to them.

Mr Prescott said the protesters had terrorised his wife and that the campaigners should check their "ruddy facts".

"Greenpeace should look at the evidence, not pull stunts that contribute nothing to the debate and indeed distort it," he said.

"Perhaps they could now take their two solar panels and put them in an old pensioner's home, perhaps they could be doing something about it instead of yabbering."

Wife's 'distress'

Supt Gavin Collinson said the distress caused to Pauline Prescott had been immense.

"It's not pleasant to be invaded in the privacy of your own home and it is being treated seriously," he said.

"She's very distressed but she's pleased with the outcome."

Campaigners say the protest was aimed at Mr Prescott because of his responsibility for housing policy and was intended to highlight energy wasted by housing in Britain.



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