Trespasser on former nuclear power station jailed via BBC News

An amateur photographer who caused a decommissioned nuclear power station to be put on lockdown has been jailed for six months.

Convicted robber Nicolas Bates, 29, scaled a 6ft-high fence at Trawsfynydd in Snowdonia, which shut down in 1991.

Some 100 staff were put on lockdown by the security breach on 16 March.

Bates pleaded guilty at Caernarfon Magistrates’ Court to trespassing on a protected site, possessing knives and cannabis and motoring offences.


He claimed he carried out research on Wikipedia and was taking photos of what, he thought, was a derelict site.

However, he was found to be in possession of a lock knife, while a hunting knife and smoke grenades were found in his car.


Bates was disqualified from driving for nine months and ordered to pay £115 for failing to have car insurance.

The judge ordered he be deprived of the photographs of the site which, if in the wrong hands, “could potentially cause a risk of harm”.

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