PROTESTORS are set to hold a “symbolic mass blockade” at the entrance of Hinkley Point on Monday.

Anti-nuclear campaign group Stop Hinkley claims more than 100 people from across the UK have pledged to join the blockade, and says a march and rally will be held close to EDF Energy's regional headquarters in Bridgwater on Monday.

Group spokesman Andreas Speck said: “This blockade is designed to warn the UK government and EDF that those who understand the real dangers of nuclear power are not prepared to stand by and allow these untried, untested reactors to be built.

“The blockade demonstrates that people are prepared to use civil disobedience to stop the bulldozers from coming in and paving the way for a potentially lethal technology that has no place in the 21st century.”

Mike Harrison, station director at Hinkley Point B, said: “We respect the rights of individuals to a peaceful protest. We are also sympathetic to the pressure these events can place on the local community with whom we have strong links.

“The safety of the public, our people and our plant is always a top priority. This will not change doing the protest.

“We hope that the protestors will respond positively to the efforts we have made to facilitate a peaceful and lawful protest and be mindful of our neighbours and our role in supplying low carbon electricity to over a million homes.”

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