A CATALOGUE of accidents involving the transportation of nuclear weapons in Britain was revealed by investigators yesterday.
Nuclear weapons are moved by road from development facilities in Berkshire to naval bases in Scotland.
The International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons says there were eight accidents involving nuclear weapons convoys between 1960 and 1991 and 180 safety-related incidents between 2000 and 2016.
The report says: “The convoy has crashed, broken down and got lost. Its brakes have failed, it has leaked fuel and suffered a range of other mechanical failures.
“Bad luck, poor weather, human error and computer software glitches have all been to blame.”
The report was welcomed by the Nuclear Free Local Authorities group, with chair Ernie Galsworthy saying: “The report accurately and cogently summarises the real risks for local authorities, fire services and public health bodies who may have to directly deal with the consequences of a major accident involving such a convoy.”