Nuclear Warfare as Peace Camp Is Split by Feuding

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Byline: STEVE SMITH

FOR 25 years, the tents and caravans perched by the roadside have symbolised the fight against nuclear weapons.

But now the world-famous Faslane Peace Camp is fighting for survival after a bitter feud erupted among opposing factions.

Bizarrely, the round-the clock struggle against the nuclear weapons deployed by Faslane submarines has weakened in recent weeks because of a new Cold War between protesters following allegations of domestic violence.

Now the police, who form a ring of steel around Britain's nuclear submarine fleet, have been left bemused by the lack of demonstrators to keep out.

A source at the base said: 'Trouble has been brewing within the peace camp for several weeks and appears to have come to a head within the past fortnight. There are always large numbers of police on duty, but recently they have had nobody on the other side to keep an eye on.

'It's quite bizarre - the protesters just haven't turned up.

From what we can gather, there has been some sort of split in the camp.'

It is understood that the problems centre on allegations of domestic abuse within the camp. One group wants to call in the police to investigate, while other members say they will refuse to cooperate with the authorities.

Strathclyde Police draws officers from throughout the force area to bolster security at the base, which is regularly at the centre of high-profile demonstrations.

A force insider said: 'It was really weird. All the police were standing around on duty with no protesters on the other side of the fence.

'It doesn't appear as though there is much peace within the camp - they're too busy fighting among themselves to carry on the antinuclear fight.'

Yesterday, peace campaigner Monica Ridley confirmed that two police officers visited the camp this week. …