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AN ATOMIC TIMEBOMB

Daily Mirror

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 a bomb.

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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