Protesters Stop Nuclear Weapons Convoy in Stirling and Balloch

There were six arrests sunday afternoon as anti-Trident protesters twice stopped a nuclear weapons convoy traveling from Burghfield in England to the warhead storage depot at Coulport on Loch Long. The first interruption took place just beneath the Stirling castle. One activist waved the leading truck to a standstill and then climbed on top of its cab while others went in front to block its advance. It was 20 minutes before the trucks could set off again. There were four arrests: Jane Tallents and Sam Jones from Helensburgh, Roz Bullen from Edinburgh and Morag Forbes from Faslane Peace Camp. They were taken to Stirling police station and are expected to be released this evening. When the convoy reached Balloch on Loch Lomondside there was a heavy police presence but in spite of this the convoy was again halted. Two people were arrested. The convoys are a regular feature on the roads of Central Scotland. Their task is to take Trident warheads to and from the Burghfield assembly plant to the Coulport store to be checked and maintained. Each warhead is believed to have the destructive power of 8 times the bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima. The protesters were from Trident Ploughshares, Stirling CND and Faslane Peace Camp. David Mackenzie, a Stirling CND member from Tillicoultry, said: "We were delighted that the convoy was held up in Stirling. We were able to explain to large numbers of passing motorists that they were close to Britain's very own weapons of mass destruction." Those arrested for stopping the convoy at Stirling were released after giving an undertaking to appear at Stirling Sheriff Court this Thursday. Supporters welcome! (source=pressreleases from the protesters)