Environmental campaigners arrested at power station

At least 28 environmental protesters have reportedly been arrested during a 'day of action' at Britain's largest coal-fired power station.

The arrests are believed to be for a number of offences including possession of offensive weapons and causing a public nuisance.

Hundreds of activists were reportedly planning to join the protest at the Camp for Climate Action near Drax power station.

However, around 600 protesters are believed to have turned up.

Officers from North Yorkshire Police and other forces were on duty at both Drax power station and the camp.

Roadblocks have been set up along all the main routes to the plant, reportedly causing long tail-backs for motorists.

Drax power had successfully obtained an injunction banning protesters from its premises earlier this month.

The power station sought the injunction over Thursday's protest, claiming that the site was an "important national strategic asset, contributing 7% of the country's electricity.

The company also said that it did not want protesters to be harmed by the complex industrial processes at the plant.

Protesters have argued that the Drax power station is obsolete and should be closed down and replaced with cleaner forms of power.

Earlier this week, North Yorkshire Police said that one camp organiser had been quoted as saying that some protesters were prepared to break the injunction.

Police warned that they did not seek confrontation with the protesters and would facilitate lawful protest, but warned that "firm action" would be taken against any criminal activity.

The 'day of action' is part of a week-long series of activities, discussions and workshops aimed at highlighting concerns about climate change.


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