This morning at 8am seven people blocked the entrance to the nuclear plant by locking themselves together across the gate with steel arm tubes.
Hartlepool nuclear power station was due to be decomissioned, however under the governement plans it's suggested that existing nuclear sites will be used for building more nuclear stations (as well as other locations).
One of the campaigners speaking from the blockade said they were taking this direct action to highlight the fact that the nuclear route is not a solution to climate change.
It is also reported that the back entrance to the power station has also been blocked, and that the workers arriving for shift change are unable to drive into the nuclear plant.
There are several police vehicles in attendance and armed police officers on the scene, but the situation is calm and the blockaders are confident they can maintain the blockade for some time.
Pictures and video to come later.
In all there are around 18 people present including those supporting the people who have locked themselves together.
Local media have arrived and have been taking pictures, while people from BBC radio have also just arrived.
Those blockading the nuclear power station have been asked to move, but they said they will remain in place, even if they have to be cut out of the lock-ons by specialist police teams. Therefore one assume this shut down of the power station gates will continue for some hours...
One of the people locked-on said: "We're blockading Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station because we are opposed to the building of nuclear power stations. Hartlepool was to be decomissioned but now with the governments plans there will be a new power station here which means more contamination, more nuclear waste for the next generations to deal with and putting more lives at risk".
Hartlepool nuclear power station is one of the relatively newer generations of advanced gas-cooled reactors (AGR) . It's located next to a large chemical plant. Next to it are two ships full of toxic waste. The irony is that all of this is then surrounded by SSSIs.
Quite a bit more corporate media now at the location, including TV crews and radio (ITN, Tyneside news etc).
The first official from the nuclear power station has come out to speak to people. Apparently a 'training manager' from British Energy.
He brought with him a hostess trolly with tea and biscuits and had been serving rerfreshments to the protestors and supporters. Apparently he spoke first with the supporters, and then those locking on, but used almost word for word the same banter.
Someone from BNFL has said there isn't yet a press statement, but that they will be setting up a field centre for media enquiries and will issue a statement later today. A phone number for press enquiries will also be released.
At the blockade a police helicopter is now hovering noisily overhead and an unidentified security guard is videoing all present at the scene.
It has been raining at the blockade, but peoples' spirits are still high. A press representative from British Energy has spoken to the assembed corporate media saying - they agree with the concerns of climate change and they wanted to stress that the protesters had been perfectly amicable and friendly. They then stated that the plant was still running, and was completly safe.
The blockade is now 6 hours in and it has begun to rain heavily. The blockade is still in place however one protester had been arressted for aggrevated tresspass when unlocking to use the toilet.
A person on the scene says that it looks like the police are arresting several people, for the moment it is unclear whether the arrests are amonsgt the supporters, people locking on or both. More information to follow.
I was at the scene doing pictures for the local paper, all activists have now been cut from their blockade and have been arrested