AN ATOMIC TIMEBOMB
21 July 2006
TODAY the Mirror exposes a shocking series
of security lapses on trains carrying nuclear waste around the UK.
With the country on continual high alert in
the wake of last year's London bombings, the flaws beggar belief.
Most people would rightly expect trains with
such a deadly cargo to be guarded like a radioactive Fort Knox.
But that comforting assumption is alarmingly
far from the truth.
Our investigators saw trains left unattended
at stops, while private guards wandered out of sight and the crew popped into a
cabin for a tea break.
Radioactive flasks of spent uranium fuel
rods from Dungeness and Sellafield were left vulnerable to hijack or attack.
Our reporter was able to wander around the
nuclear train and leave an innocent device which could just as easily have been
The consequences would be unthinkable and
the failure to take every precaution is unforgivable.
The government must demand urgent tightening
of security procedures.
But it must also think hard about plans to
build more nuclear power stations, doubling the amount of nuclear waste.
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