POLICE have arrested three people during a human blockade protest outside the Clyde UK nuclear weapons base in Scotland.

Demonstrators have refused to move after lying on the road as anti-nuclear activists stepped up a protest near RNAD Coulport.

Up to eight demonstrators have been seen lying on the road with Scottish CND saying that they were "putting their bodies in the of business as usual for weapons of mass destruction".

Anti nuclear activists began their protests at Faslane and Coulport on Sunday with activists towing a trailer with a giant piece logo on it.

Around 50 people gathered at the north gate of the Faslane naval base at 11am, then again two hours later at Coulport, where Trident nuclear missiles are stored.

The human blockade protest started outside Coulport at around 9am.

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Police who have been monitoring the protest have called on the blockade protesters to move on.

One officer told three of them: "I am requiring you to remove yourself from this position and allow the community and local business to return to a state of normality. Will you comply?"

A number of the protesters who were lying on the road said: "No."

The officer then said: "I am now informing you, all three, that you are under arrest...for breach of the peace. The arrest procedure will now proceed. You will safely be removed from your lock-on devices and you'll be arrested by my officer who may use reasonable and proportionate force. Thank you."

Her Majesty's Naval Base, Clyde - commonly known as Faslane -  is the navy's headquarters in Scotland and is best known as the home of Britain's nuclear weapons, in the form of nuclear submarines armed with Trident missiles.

It is home to the core of the Submarine Service, including the nation’s nuclear deterrent, and the new generation of hunter-killer submarines.

The Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport, eight miles from Faslane, is responsible for the storage, processing, maintenance and issue of key elements of the UK's Trident Deterrent Missile System and the ammunitioning of all submarine embarked weapons.

The Faslane Action for the Bomb Ban disarmament camp has launched the protest in advance of a Vienna gathering of state representatives over the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Before the blockade, around 50 protesters have been singing traditional peace songs, and newer chants over the UN treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons.

Dancers and singers, banners and protesters were also celebrating the continuation of the Faslane Peace Camp for 40 years while decrying the need for it.

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Angie Zelter of Trident Ploughshares said: "The Edinburgh based Protest in Harmony group progressed down to the main gate at Coulport surprising the police into blockading the base for us."

Faslane Action for Bomb Ban - which featured Extinction Rebellion as well as Ploughshares – is targeting Coulport and Faslane until June 18.

One demonstrator said: "This is the story of Britain's nuclear weapons so-called defence system. Of course, it is offence. It is truly grotesque and awful. It is our money paying for it. It would be so much better spent on the NHS, feeding hungry schoolchildren, or maybe fighting climate change.

"That is why we are here. That is why we are protesting."

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers engaged with a group of individuals carrying out a protest in the Coulport area of Helensburgh which began around 7.30am on Monday, 13 June, 2022.

“Three people have been arrested in connection.   

“Police Scotland is a rights-based organisation that puts our values of integrity, fairness, respect and a commitment to upholding human rights at the heart of everything we do. We have a duty under the European Convention on Human Rights to protect the rights of people who wish to peacefully protest or counter protest balanced against the rights of the wider community."