Six arrested at King's Cliffe nuclear waste protest

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass at a protest against the burial of low-level radioactive waste in Northamptonshire.

The suspects were detained at King's Cliffe, near Peterborough, where the waste is due for disposal.

The six men, aged between 30 to 60, remain in custody and are being questioned at Corby Police Station.

On Thursday, campaigners won the right to appeal against the scheme, which was approved by the government in May.

Hazardous waste company Augean has said the waste, which is mainly soil and rubble from old nuclear power stations, is radioactive but at a very low level.

Villagers and anti-nuclear protesters claim the facility would pose a serious health risk and Northamptonshire County Council had previously rejected the scheme in March 2010.

Communities minister Eric Pickles said in May he had accepted expert advice that it "would not be harmful to the local community".

It is thought all protesters have now left the scene, a spokesman for Northampton Police said.

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