114 Arrested in Mysterious Police Action

Obviously there are no assaults, rapes or murders to be dealt with in Nottingham, they have time to surveil and then mass arrest climate activists before they do anything, note the corporation that runs the power station is working with the police…

More than 100 people have been arrested in Nottingham over a suspected plan to target a power station. Police said 114 men and women were arrested in Sneinton Dale on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass and criminal damage. Officers said they believed those arrested were planning to protest at nearby Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station.

More than 200 police officers from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and British Transport Police were involved in the arrests at the Iona School.

Eon, which operates the power station, said it was helping the police with their investigation.

Residents in the suburb of Sneinton contacted the BBC with reports of a large police presence in the area. Tess Rearden, who lives near where the arrests were made, said she saw 20 police vehicles. She said: “It was all slamming of doors and van doors and all these vans were coming up here – police vans, riot vans. My son came out of his bedroom and he said: ‘Have you seen what’s going on out front? They were all up and down the roads here. It was bedlam, real bedlam.”

Residents said handcuffed suspects sang loudly as they were led away. Susan Lawson, 56, who lives opposite the school, said: “The police said to me ‘get in the house and don’t come out’. Then I saw them bringing people out of the school gates in handcuffs and putting them into vans. The vans kept coming back to pick up more of them. Police had big black and yellow bin bags full of something which they took away. I was shocked, I couldn’t get back to sleep afterwards. It was terrible.”

Speaking on behalf of Eastside Climate Action, Bob Andrews said: “We don’t know anything about the arrests last night. It wasn’t us and we don’t know who has been arrested. But if people were planning to shut [the plant] down like we tried to do two years ago then that is great news. We would fully support people taking safe and responsible action to stop carbon emissions. Ratcliffe is the third biggest single source of CO2 in the country; it has got to be closed down if we are serious about climate change.”

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