Three anti-nuclear power protesters who had ‘occupied’ a grove of oak trees near Hinkley Point in Somerset were evicted after two days on 9 February by local police and a five-man tree-climbing team hired by power company EDF.
The grove of mature oak trees was scheduled to be cleared in late February to make way for a new nuclear power plant. On 12 February, activists then took possession of an abandoned farm on the development site. On 13 February, they were visited by a civil contingencies officer from Somerset county council and given potassium iodate tablets... and EDF corporate calendars.
A major protest is being organised at the Hinkley site 10-11 March (see page 16).