Warhead manufacturer in court

The Atomic Weapons Establishment is due at Reading Magistrates Court later over a fire at its site at Aldermaston in Berkshire.

Atomic weapons plant admits failings

by Kate Bunkall

An atomic weapons plant has been accused of failing to protect its staff during a fire at the Berkshire base three years ago.

In a prosecution brought by the Health & Safety Executive, the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston today pleaded guilty to one charge of not ensuring the safety of employees.

One worker suffered burns to his face and arm in the fire which broke out in the building where explosives were being manufactured, in August 2010. Kate Bunkall sent this report from Reading Crown Court.

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