Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Armed Police at Power Site

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Armed Police at Power Site

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Byline: Matthew Pardo

Increased security at Hartlepool nuclear power station will mean that armed police are to roam the site.

Government officials and specialist nuclear police insist the measure is not because of any particular threat but simply to improve existing security.

Until now the Hartlepool power station has been policed and protected by unarmed British Energy security staff.

But earlier this year the Office of Civil Nuclear Security said the threat posed by global terrorism meant the time had come to step up onsite protection.

It said that specially trained, armed and deployed police officers from the UK Atomic Energy Authority Constabulary (AEAC) should guard nuclear sites.

The announcement comes just weeks after rabbit baiters were seen close to, and even on, the 'secure' site.

"Security at all nuclear installations is kept under constant review," said a spokeswoman for the AEAC. "The timing of this isn't in response to any specific threat. …

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