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Police Arrest 114 People At Power Station April 14, 2009

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Police Arrest 114 People At Power Station

Via ICECAP

Police have arrested 114 people who were allegedly planning to target a power station in Nottinghamshire. Officers made the arrests at just after midnight when they raided an independent school in Sneinton, Nottingham.

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They said the protesters would have posed “a serious threat” to the safe running of the nearby Ratcliffe-On-Soar power station. A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said “specialist equipment” recovered during the raid led them to believe the coal-fired power station was the intended target.

He said: “Just after midnight, Nottinghamshire Police arrested 114 men and women from across the UK on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass and criminal damage.” In April 2007, 11 environmental activists were arrested after they entered the power station to protest about its greenhouse gas emissions. The Nottingham Evening Post claimed police had contacted power stations across the North and the Midlands to warn them of possible protests over the Bank Holiday weekend.

A spokesperson for E.on, which owns the power station, said: “We can confirm that Ratcliffe power station was the planned target of an organised protest in the early hours of this morning. “While we understand that everyone has a right to protest peacefully and lawfully, this was clearly neither of those things.

“So we will be assisting police with their investigations into what could have been a very dangerous and irresponsible attempt to disrupt an operational power plant. “It is not yet know why the protest was being organised. “But it is believed it could be connected to E.on’s plans to build a new coal-fired power station in Kingsnorth, Kent.

Nottingham City councillor David Mellen said the police raided the privately-run Iona School as the result of “an intelligence-led operation”. He said: “I don’t know whether it was the school itself being used or the car park.

“Neighbours reported a lot of noise after midnight. It seems to have been used as a rendezvous for people from a wide area.” Read story and see interview here.

Both Hansen and Gore have advocated civil disobedience in stopping efforts to build conventional coal power plants. Hansen did it with a group in the UK this last year and testified in support of the use of vandalism in these protests.

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