300ft High Power Station Protest

The energy firm EDF has dropped its five million pound law suit against a group of environmental activists who occupied one of its power stations in Nottinghamshire.

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EDF drop law suit against protesters

Protesters sat on top of a chimney Credit: Protester's footage

The energy firm EDF has dropped its £5m law suit against a group of environmental activists who occupied one of its power stations in Nottinghamshire.

The protesters scaled two chimneys at the West Burton gas fired power station for a week in October last year.

21 people pleaded guilty to aggravated trespass.

Protesters on the chimneys Credit: Protester's footage

The company said it would sue them for the damage, cost and disruption but thousands signed a petition opposing the legal action.

The firm has said it will drop the case after the campaigners accepted a permanent injunction preventing them from entering EDF sites.

A man dangles between chimneys Credit: Protester's footage

More arrests over power station protests

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass this morning.

They were arrested by police after climbing down from a chimney at West Burton power station.

Police say ten people are still 300ft up one of the chimneys where they have been protesting.

On Monday a group of around 30 people gained access to the power station in Nottinghamshire and climbed 300ft tall chimneys to protest against the use of fossil fuels.



Statement from EDF Energy about power station protest

EDF Energy have issued this statement about the ongoing protest at its plant at West Burton in Nottinghamshire.

"The station is in a commissioning phase at the moment and the first unit is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year. While the protest is ongoing only essential staff are leaving and entering the plant."

"The protest will not affect supplies to energy users in the area or to the national grid. Generation at the adjacent coal station is unaffected."

"We support the right to peaceful protest. However, any unlawful action is of serious concern and puts at risk the safety of the individuals involved. Our site management and security teams have taken the appropriate action in protecting the safety of the public, personnel and plant."

– EDF Energy Spokesperson

Statement from Police on power station protest

Nottinghamshire Police have released the following statement about the power station protest at West Burton.

"There is currently an ongoing incident at West Burton power station in Nottinghamshire.

A number of people, believed to be climate protestors, are alleged to have gained access to the site at around 1.20am this morning (29 October).

Five people have been arrested (on suspicion of aggravated trespass). Around ten are thought to have climbed up the water towers and have secured themselves to it to restrict their removal.

Searches are ongoing to find a number of other people who are also believed to have got into the site.

Police are in attendance and enquiries are ongoing."

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