By Matt Dickinson and Danielle Dwyer, Press Association
Nearly 80 people were arrested and three police officers left needing hospital treatment during a huge climate change protest at a power station.
More than 1,000 demonstrators converged on the giant coal-powered Ratcliffe-on-Soar site in Nottinghamshire yesterday, with clashes breaking out between police and protesters as they tried to tear up perimeter fencing.
One policeman was airlifted to hospital with head injuries but later released, and two other officers needed hospital treatment for minor injuries, Nottinghamshire Police said.
Police said nearly 80 people were arrested during the day on suspicion of committing offences including aggravated trespass and criminal damage.
"There are still a large number of protesters at the power station and we will continue to monitor the situation throughout the night," a spokesman said,.
Demonstrators, under the banner the Great Climate
Swoop, included supporters of three pressure groups - the Camp for Climate Action, Plane Stupid and Climate Rush.
The 2,000MW coal-fired power station is owned by the energy company E.ON and said to be one of the largest producers of carbon dioxide in Britain.
Some protesters carried banners and cardboard gravestones bearing the words 'RIP E.ON' and 'RIP Ratcliffe'. Many chanted "F off, E.ON" and some wore T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan. …