Item on Ploughshares

Gary MacLennan g.maclennan at qut.edu.au
Fri May 11 16:03:53 MDT 2001


>TRIDENT PLOUGHSHARES
>
>Press Briefing: 11th May 2001
>
>8 Arrests Overnight at Trident Warhead Factory
>
>Trident Ploughshares campaigners last night began their week of direct
>action at the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston in Berkshire,
>United Kingdom, by cutting their way into the high security site, leading
>to 8 arrests so far.
>
>Taking advantage of lax security and working in small groups the activists
>were able to get through the perimeter fence of the site and in some cases
>penetrated a fair distance inside. Some are still in custody and the full
>story has still to emerge but the main charge against them seems to be
>criminal damage to the fence.
>
>One of those released is Judith Pritchard (79), from Malvern in
>Worcestershire. Tired but elated she explained how she had cut through the
>fence and was only held when she was going through a tunnel well inside the
>site. Judith was also charged with obstructing police after she refused on
>principle to take a DNA test, saying that she needed to consider the
>implications of the test before complying. She said: " I am glad to have
>made one small step in the direction of disarming this monstrous so-called
>weapon of mass destruction and I hope that thousands more will join us."
>
>Also held were: Margaret Jones (52) a freelance writer from Bristol; David
>Heller (25) a full time campaigner from Belgium; Sylvia Boyes (57), from
>Keighley in Yorkshire, who was famously acquitted at Manchester Crown Court
>in January; Ulla Roder (46), from Odense in Denmark; Allen O'Keefe (39),
>from Cromer in Norfolk; Alison Crane (47) a local authority officer from
>Stafford and James Kinnaird from Bristol. Three others were escorted off
>the site after penetrating the perimeter fence.
>
>The week of action continues.
>
>Contacts:
>On-site at Aldermaston from 10th to 15th May:   07870362621
>                                                         07979990389
>                                                         07752378993
>Off-site:
>David Mackenzie                                 01324 880744 (07775711054)
>
>TP
>website:
><http://64.4.20.250/cgi-bin/linkrd?_lang=EN&lah=3b54c4a9982fe3cf7dacd35e5a98e8d8&lat=989594059&hm___action=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2etridentploughshares%2eorg%2f>http://www.tridentploughshares.org/
>ENDs
>David Mackenzie
>Trident Ploughshares
>15 Broomhill Avenue
>Larbert
>FK5 3EH
>
>tel + 44 (0) 1324 880744
>fax + 44 (0) 1324 562719
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>Website: tridentploughshares.org
>
>
>
>
>
> >From: David Mackenzie
> >Reply-To: davidmc at enterprise.net
> >To: Multiple recipients of list
> >Subject: 8 Arrests Overnight at Trident Warhead Factory
> >Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 07:26:28 +0100 (BST) >
> >TRIDENT PLOUGHSHARES
> >
> >Press Briefing: 11th May 2001
> >
> >8 Arrests Overnight at Trident Warhead Factory
> >
> >Trident Ploughshares campaigners last night began their week of direct
> >action at the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston in Berkshire,
> >United Kingdom, by cutting their way into the high security site, leading
> >to 8 arrests so far.
> >
> >Taking advantage of lax security and working in small groups the activists
> >were able to get through the perimeter fence of the site and in some cases
> >penetrated a fair distance inside. Some are still in custody and the full
> >story has still to emerge but the main charge against them seems to be
> >criminal damage to the fence.
> >
> >One of those released is Judith Pritchard (79), from Malvern in
> >Worcestershire. Tired but elated she explained how she had cut through the
> >fence and was only held when she was going through a tunnel well inside the
> >site. Judith was also charged with obstructing police after she refused on
> >principle to take a DNA test, saying that she needed to consider the
> >implications of the test before complying. She said: " I am glad to have
> >made one small step in the direction of disarming this monstrous so-called
> >weapon of mass destruction and I hope that thousands more will join us."
> >
> >Also held were: Margaret Jones (52) a freelance writer from Bristol; David
> >Heller (25) a full time campaigner from Belgium; Sylvia Boyes (57), from
> >Keighley in Yorkshire, who was famously acquitted at Manchester Crown Court
> >in January; Ulla Roder (46), from Odense in Denmark; Allen O'Keefe (39),
> >from Cromer in Norfolk; Alison Crane (47) a local authority officer from
> >Stafford and James Kinnaird from Bristol. Three others were escorted off
> >the site after penetrating the perimeter fence.
> >
> >The week of action continues.
> >
> >Contacts:
> >On-site at Aldermaston from 10th to 15th May: 07870362621
> > 07979990389
> > 07752378993
> >Off-site:
> >David Mackenzie 01324 880744 (07775711054)
> >
> >TP website: http://www.tridentploughshares.org/
> >ENDs
> >David Mackenzie
> >Trident Ploughshares
> >15 Broomhill Avenue
> >Larbert
> >FK5 3EH
> >
> >tel + 44 (0) 1324 880744
> >fax + 44 (0) 1324 562719
> >davidmc at enterprise.net
> >Trident Ploughshares e-mail: tp2000 at gn.apc.org
> >Website: tridentploughshares.org
> >
> >
>
>
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