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Families head to court in fight to end disruption of anti-Trident protests

Families who have endured 25 years of disruption from anti-nuclear protesters at Faslane are to go to court to prevent the peace campaigners from bringing chaos to their daily lives.

Lawyers acting for residents on the Rosneath Peninsula are seeking a court order against protesters who blockade the road and prevent school buses from passing the nuclear submarine base.

Members of the Peninsula 24 Seven group believe the demonstrators are breaching the Human Rights Act by denying their children their right to education.

Fifteen-year-old Alasdair Todd, who has learning difficulties, was among the 100 children in Argyll and Bute who were left “home alone” because the school bus had been turned back by protesters at Faslane on March 28.

Now, after 25 years of disruption to his everyday life with frequent blockades, Alasdair’s father, Mr Ian Todd, has had enough.

“My son needs more help at school, not less. Every day is important to him and it’s unacceptable that he should miss even one day of school.

“I have a legal obligation to get my child to school and if I don’t do that I could be taken to court. Why should these people be allowed to disrupt our lives and think they are above the law?”

Mr Todd, who lives in Rosneath, said he is deeply concerned about the effect on younger children who are unable to get to school. “We’re finding teachers cannot get to school when the road is blocked.

“There are younger children, 12-year-olds, who are being left home alone because of all of this.

“This is no way to treat children.

“In my view, these protesters are selfish people; they don’t give a damn about the community.”

Full story at The Scotsman.

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