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Greenpeace Protesters Arrested Over Ash Dumping

October 1, 1987

BLYTH, England (AP) _ Police on Wednesday arrested two Greenpeace protesters who chained themselves to the bows of a ship dumping ash waste from power stations into the North Sea.

The environmental group said three other protesters dived into the sea in front of the 1,208-ton M.V.A. in an attempt to stop the British-owned barge from reaching a dumping ground four miles off the port of Blyth.

The vessel plowed past the three, who narrowly escaped injury, the group said.

Two protesters boarded the vessel from a dinghy and chained themselves to the bow before being removed by police.

Beverley Thorpe of Canada and Espen Donali of Norway were charged with breach of the peace, Northumberland County police said.

Greenpeace claims the ash destroys marine life. It contends that catches of local fishermen fell by 90 percent as a result of the 17 million tons of ash dumped since 1966.

The vessel is chartered by the state-run Central Electricity Generating Board, which maintains that the dumping has no toxic effect on marine life.

On Tuesday, two Greenpeace protesters, Donali and Heather Holve of U.S.-Dutch nationality, chained themselves to the front of the ship and prevented it from dumping ash waste off Blyth. They were questioned by police and released.

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