Unsafe nuclear weapons base in Scotland


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25 May 2014

We follow the walkers on Scottish CND’s Spring Walk from the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh through Glasgow to the Trident base at Faslane, and explore how a Yes vote in the referendum will affect the likelihood of nuclear disarmament.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Faslane sees 15 per cent rise in health and safety slips

Monday 27th October 2014

SCOTTISH CND issued a stark warning yesterday that “major problems” are imminent if safety breaches continue to escalate at the Faslane nuclear base on the Clyde.

The peace campaign’s alert came after a report published by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed that the number of health and safety incidents at Faslane rose by 15 per cent in 2012-13, from 59 to 68 incidents.

Scottish CND campaign co-ordinator John Ainslie said: “If the safety record continues to decline, then it is only a matter of time before there is a major problem.”

The most serious breach was an accident which exposed workers to radiation in August 2012.

Roughly half of the incidents were rated category C by the MoD, meaning that they could potentially have caused radioactive contamination.

In the last five years there have been 316 “nuclear safety events.”

Other safety breaches include over 70 fires and more than 3,000 “near miss” industrial accidents.

SNP defence spokesperson Angus Robertson MP described the revelations as “chilling” and called on the MoD to “address these breaches and tighten procedures.”

Viking treasure discovery in Scotland


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Metal detectorist finds Britain’s biggest ever haul of Viking treasure

12 October 2014

The largest haul of Viking treasure ever found in Britain has been unearthed by a metal detector enthusiast, it was revealed today.The discovery was found on Church of Scotland land after the detectorist painstakingly searched the unidentified area in Dumfries and Galloway for more than a year.

From STV in Scotland:

‘Significant’ Viking treasure found in Dumfries and Galloway

12 October 2014 12:31 BST

A hoard of Viking treasure found in Dumfries and Galloway has been described one of the most significant archaeological finds [in] Scottish history.

Early indication suggest there are over 100 artefacts, comprising several gold objects.

The hoard also included a complete metal vessel containing more objects. This has not yet been emptied and the first step will be to examine its contents by x-ray techniques.

Experts have begun to examine the finds, but it is already clear that this is one of the most significant Viking hoards ever discovered in Scotland.

Head of the Treasure Trove Unit Stuart Campbell, who is overseeing the recovery and assessment of the find, said: “This is a very important and significant find and has required the close cooperation of Historic Scotland with Treasure Trove Unit and National Museums Scotland staff to recover the fascinating items it contains.

“Due to the quantity and variety of the objects, and the importance of the find overall, it will take some time for experts to assess the hoard as a whole so that we can appreciate its true significance.

“We look forward to learning more.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said: “The Vikings were well known for having raided these shores in the past, but today we can appreciate what they have left behind, with this wonderful addition to Scotland’s cultural heritage.

“It’s clear that these artefacts are of great value in themselves, but their greatest value will be in what they can contribute to our understanding of life in early medieval Scotland, and what they tell us about the interaction between the different peoples in these islands at that time.

“The Dumfries hoard opens a fascinating window on a formative period in the story of Scotland and just goes to show how important our archaeological heritage in Scotland continues to be.

“As ever, the Scottish Government will work to facilitate and support the discovery, analysis and exhibiting of finds like this, for the benefit of people here and abroad. With that in mind I would like to echo the praise for the responsible behaviour of the metal detectorists: without their continued cooperation this would not be possible.”

The location of the find is not being revealed. The Scottish Government, Treasure Trove Unit and Historic Scotland are all involved in ensuring the area is properly protected while the full historical significance of the site is established.