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Hinkley Point protest: Blockade at nuclear power station via BBC News

More than 100 protesters are blockading the entrance to Hinkley Point power station in Somerset.

Protesters say this will the first of a number of protests if the government pushes ahead with its plans for a new nuclear power station on the site.

An EDF spokesman said that a nuclear power station had been on the site for 45 years.

“The station’s still generating power and essential staff are on site running the station,” he said.

EDF Energy claimed it had support from the local community for the current power station, Hinkley B, which was built in the 1970s.

The firm said it would balance the need for security while ensuring the right to peaceful protest.

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