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VIDEO: Forty activists released after blocking coal train

40 protesters detained by police after they stopped and climbed on a coal train in Nottinghamshire have been released.

The Greenpeace activists blocked the 400-metre freight train on sidings leading to Cottam power station for ten hours yesterday after flagging it down using the stopping signals.

A life-size polar bear puppet was used to stop the train from moving.

British Transport Police have confirmed they arrested 3 activists and spoke with 37 others.

A life-size polar bear puppet was used to stop the train from moving. Credit: Greenpeace UK
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Investigation after Greenpeace activists occupy coal train

Investigations will begin today into how a group of climate change protestors managed to stop a freight train loaded with coal.

50 Greenpeace activists managed to stop and occupy the coal train Credit: Greenpeace UK

50 Greenpeace activists boarded the train yesterday as it was heading to Cottam Power Station near Retford.

They stopped the train for eight hours before being detained by police.

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Activists on freight train 'detained by the police'

A group of climate change activists, who seized a freight train carrying 1,500 tonnes of coal in Nottinghamshire, have been detained by police, according to Greenpeace UK on twitter.

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Greenpeace releases photos of train occupation

Greenpeace has released its own photos showing how fifty climate change activists stopped and occupied a freight train delivering 1,500 tonnes of coal to what they claim is one of Britain’s most polluting power stations.

Activists on train Credit: Greenpeace

Their action comes as David Cameron prepares to attend a high-profile climate summit in New York later today.

The activists used industry-standard emergency signals to flag down the 400-metre-long coal train as it was slowing down along rail sidings leading to Cottam power station in Nottinghamshire.

They claim the main coal supply route to the plant, which is run by French energy giant EDF, has now been cut off.

Stopping coal delivery Credit: Greenpeace
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Freight train illegally seized by Greenpeace activists

Fifty Greenpeace activists have stopped and occupied a freight train delivering 1,500 tonnes of coal to Nottinghamshire's Cottam power station.

A freight train has been seized by Greenpeace activists Credit: Greenpeace UK

We were called to a crossing at Westbrecks Lane in South Leverton, Retford at 2.45pm following reports of a number of protestors, believed to be from Greenpeace, halting the progress of a coal train.

Officers are currently responding to the incident together with colleagues from Nottinghamshire Police.

– Spokesperson, British Transport Police
The train was heading for Nottinghamshire's Cottam power station Credit: Greenpeace UK

French energy giant EDF, which operates Cottam and West Burton A coal-fired power station and West Burton B gas-fired power plant in Nottinghamshire, said: "EDF Energy can confirm that individuals have boarded a freight train carrying coal to Cottam power station in Nottinghamshire.

"The safety of our employees and the public is our priority and we are currently working with British Transport Police to ensure everyone involved is safe and out of harm.

"We operate a diverse mix of electricity generation and produce more low-carbon electricity than any other generator in Britain from our nuclear power stations and wind farms."

Meanwhile DB Schenker Rail UK confirmed that one of their trains has been brought to a stand by a number of protesters on the Cottam branch line near Retford. The train was travelling from Humber International Terminal to Cottam Power Station carrying 1,500 tonnes of coal.

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Life-size polar bear stops coal train in its tracks

Greenpeace activists have used a life-size polar bear puppet to stop a Nottinghamshire coal train in its tracks Credit: Greenpeace

Greenpeace activists have used a life-size polar bear puppet to stop a coal train heading for Nottinghamshire's Cottam power station.

The charity says the "highly realistic, life-size, moving polar bear puppet - previously used in National Theatre productions - has just walked up to the front of the locomotive, where it’s now stopping the train from moving."

The animal is intended to symbolise the global movement to save the Arctic from climate change, which is mainly driven by coal.

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