Brit Cops Sic Dogs on Eco-Protesters

Officials call it a 'different style of policing'
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 19, 2009 2:58 AM CDT
Protesters confront police at a power station near Ratcliffe-on-Soar in England.    (AP Photo/David Jones/PA)
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(Newser) – Climate change activists were chewed up by police dogs as British cops sicced German shepherds on protesters scaling fences at a power station. ''Of course this is regrettable, but it's a combination of reckless behavior by some protesters and us having to respond with a different style of policing," said an official. Some 1,000 activists converged on a giant coal-fueled plant in Nottinghamshire for the weekend protest, reports the Telegraph.

"A lot of people had puncture wounds from the dogs. People were bleeding," said one protester, who estimated as many as 20 people had been bitten.