Sunday, February 19, 2017
Britain's 110 nuclear alerts are revealed: Safety watchdog makes a mockery of the MoD's claim of just 27 ‘incidents’ in 65 years
A chilling catalogue of more than 100 accidents involving Britain’s nuclear weapons reveals for the first time how often we may have come close to disaster.
The shock report by an independent nuclear watchdog documents 110 major alerts – four times higher than the Ministry of Defence has acknowledged.
Among the incidents in the dossier by the Nuclear Information Service (NIS), which has been seen by The Mail on Sunday, are:
⚫British warships carrying nuclear depth charges by mistake in the 1982 Falklands War;
⚫a mid-Atlantic collision between nuclear-armed British and French submarines in 2009;
⚫a truck carrying nuclear warheads overturning on an icy road in Wiltshire in 1987;
⚫the deaths of 116 UK nuclear workers from accidents and cancer.
The MoD’s sole comprehensive report on accidents involving nuclear weapons was published in 2003 and detailed just 27 incidents.