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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

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.

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.

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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IN PICTURES: Greenpeace activists halt coal train

Greenpeace activists halt coal train and climb aboard

Fifty Greenpeace activists have stopped and occupied a freight train delivering 1,500 tonnes of coal to Cottam power station in Nottinghamshire Credit: Greenpeace

Fifty Greenpeace activists have stopped and occupied a freight train delivering 1,500 tonnes of coal to Nottinghamshire's Cottam power station. The action comes as David Cameron prepares to speak at a high-profile climate summit in New York today.

The activists used emergency signals to flag down the 400-metre-long coal train as it was slowing down along rail sidings leading to the plant. The main coal supply route to the power station - which is run by French energy giant EDF - has now been cut off.

Dozens of Greenpeace campaigners have climbed onto the open coal wagons, and have started unloading the train’s cargo. The charity says they are carrying enough food and water to stay on the train all day.

Autumn colours help East Midlanders fight the blues

Research by the National Trust has found that 40% of people in the East Midlands admit to feeling down as the nights draw in.

But new research om the National Trust has found that the kaleidoscope of natural colours experienced on an autumn walk makes people feel happier, healthier and calmer.

Calke Abbey Credit: National Trust

Shades of blue you find on walks by water or when the landscape is coloured by the evening’s darkening sky were found to help soothe away stress (38%), while the greens of hilltops and pine woodlands leave people feeling more connected with the natural world (50%).

Despite 76% of people in the East Midlands finding that autumn walks help to combat winter blues, 38% admit to not going on enough walks during the autumn months with 23% claiming it’s because they rarely get the chance to go on a stroll.

Autumn colour helps West Midlanders fight the blues

Research by the National Trust has found that 40% of people in the West Midlands feel down as the nights draw in and the days get shorter.

But Autumn colour could be the natural tonic to the winter blues. The National Trust has found that the kaleidoscope of natural colours experienced on an autumn walk makes people feel happier.

Walking through Carding Mill Valley in Shropshire, visitors can see blue-tinged hills standing tall in the distance. As the nights draw in during the autumn months, the skies become a dark blue colour. The water in the stream and the waterfall appear to shine brighter and the heather takes on a blue tinge. Credit: The National Trust

Shades of blue you find on walks by water or when the landscape is coloured by the evening’s darkening sky were found to help soothe away stress (38%), while the greens of hilltops and pine woodlands leave people feeling more connected with the natural world (51%).

Despite 68% of people in the West Midlands finding that autumn walks help to combat winter blues, 42% admit to not going on enough walks during the autumn months with just over a third (34%) claiming it’s because they rarely get the chance to go on a stroll.

The short ancient tree walk at Croft Castle in Herefordshire takes you to the spectacular orange scene of the 450 year old Spanish chestnut avenue which is said to be planted in the formation of the Spanish armada. You will also come across the Quarry Oak which has been standing proud for around 1,000 years. Credit: ITV News Central
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