Bromley and Beckenham peace campaigners marched on London at the weekend to take part in a protest on nuclear power.

Members of the areas’ Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) descended on Hyde Park on Saturday March 15 – the third anniversary of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi tragedy that the group says saw 20,000 people die and countless more displaced after the plant was damaged in an earthquake and tsunami.

The environmentalists made their way to the Old Palace Yard outside the House of Lords to challenge the use of nuclear power and call for alternatives to take priority.

Organisation secretary Ann Garrett said: “Nuclear power is not cheap, modern and clean as many politicians would have us believe. Apart from leaks, accidents and disasters such as Chernobyl and Fukushima, we still have to think about how to dispose of the very harmful nuclear waste.

“The price of nuclear power with all its risks is far too high – we should be harnessing renewable energy sources not avoiding climate change by contaminating our planet.”

The group said the destruction in Japan has caused high levels of radiation and has caused widespread illness as a result, with fears the UK could also see problems if a natural disaster struck.