UK increases funding to protect nuclear sites: Report

The UK government is allocating additional funding to protect the country’s nuclear power plants against potential terror attacks, according to a report.

The money being spent on the armed police force tasked to protect 14 nuclear power stations in Britain has almost tripled since the July 7, 2005 bombings in London which killed 52 people and injured over 700, The Independent reported.

The funding going to the nuclear authority has increased by 55 percent since 2010.

The government increased the budget of the force, which consists of more than “1,000 highly trained” officers, at a time when other forces have experienced drastic cuts.

The specialist service, which also guards the transportation of nuclear matter that could potentially be weaponized, saw a six-percent rise in its funding in the last year alone.

The force includes firearms experts, dog handlers, marine and road escort teams and is administered by the Civil Nuclear Police Authority…

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