PROTESTORS have blockaded the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) site in Burghfield this morning.

Eight campaigners from ActionAWE, aged between 19 and 40, handcuffed themselves together at 7.20am to block the entrance of a construction site.

Catherine Bann, 40, a mother of two from Todmorden, said: "The money we would spend renewing Trident could pay for all A & E hospital departments in the country for the next 40 years!

"It's a huge waste of public money to be investing in nuclear weapons, and people like us must make a stand now, so that future generations do not have to bear the cost.”

An AWE spokesperson said: "There has been no disruption to operations at AWE Burghfield following protest action this morning.

"AWE recognises the democratic right of individuals to participate in lawful and peaceful protest activities.

"AWE will continue to work with both the Ministry of Defence Police and the local police forces to ensure the safety, security and normal operation at the AWE sites so that it is not compromised as a result of protest action."