Police guarding the UK’s nuclear sites have revealed there have been 130 security breaches over the past five years – including a missing gun. The information was obtained by the BBC after a freedom of information request to the Civil Nuclear Constabulary. The force said other incidents included the keys to Hinkley Point power station being lost and confidential information being shared. It said it took security issues “extremely seriously”. Of the 130 breaches recorded, two were classed as high risk and two as medium risk. Low-risk incidents included the loss of electronic equipment and papers, and windows being left open. High-risk breaches include ; In July 2012 an unloaded handgun went missing from the National Shooting Centre in Surrey. It was reported to Surrey Police but the force could not identify whether it had been lost or stolen. In October 2012 confidential information was texted to an officer at Sellafield in Cumbria.
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Armed police officers who patrol the site could be made to work five years longer than other officers after losing the challenge yesterday. The Civil Nuclear Police Federation said that the change, due in April, would leave the Civil Nuclear Constabulary “out of step” with the vast majority of other officers. A hearing, which took place last week, asked for a declaration that the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) were “members of a police force” for the purposes of the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 and that their pension age must be 60 like most other officers. However, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies dismissed the claim. It was argued the operational demands on officers in other territorial forces were much more variable and there were likely to be posts they could move to if they did not meet the highest standards.
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