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Protests continue as Hinkley decision nears

Protesters called for EDF to abandon the planned project Credit: PA

Campaigners opposed to the planned Hinkley C nuclear power station have continued their protests, as a final decision on the project by French energy company EDF draws near.

A small group of protesters gathered in King's Square in Bridgwater, Somerset, on Thursday, some carrying banners dubbing the project a "white elephant".

One placard read: "Hinkley C will be everyone's financial nightmare".

A small group of protesters gathered in King's Square in Bridgwater Credit: PA

Allan Jefferey, 64, spokesman for campaign group Stop Hinkley, called on EDF to withdraw from the project.

"I would like to urge EDF at their board meeting not to go ahead with what will be financial or commercial suicide," Mr Jefferey said.

"They should take a sensible step forward and go to non-polluting energy like the rest of the world."

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Five US personnel injured fighting Islamic State

US personnel board a Chinook helicopter in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan in 2014 Credit: Reuters

Five US service personnel were injured while partnering with Afghan special forces in clearing areas controlled by Islamic State in Afghanistan, the U.S. military commander in that country has revealed.

Army General John Nicholson said two of the service members have been returned to duty, while three others were evacuated from Nangarhar province, but are "in good spirits."

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Decision not to give Hinkley go-ahead would be a 'shock'

A decision not to give the planned Hinkley Point nuclear power station the go-ahead would be a "shock" given the "prestige" of the project, ITV News' Business Editor Joel Hills said.

"The British government says it's in our national interest," he said. "As it stands one fifth of the electricity we use is generated by nuclear power stations like Hinkley B which is hooked up to the national grid.

"But the fleet is ageing. Hinkley C will be the first nuclear power station to be built since 1995 and will generate around seven per cent of the electricity we need.

"When it's hooked up to the grid, expect energy bills, the government says, to rise by around £10 a year.

"There are undoubtedly some benefits though. Twenty five thousand jobs will be created, 900 of those permanent.

"But the real issue here is keeping the lights on. This is about cleaner, greener, secure energy in the future at an acceptable cost. This project does look mightily expensive, but it's when it starts generating that we should really judge it."

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