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Seventeen campaigners against open-cast mining in Wales were bound over to keep the peace by magistrates, following a demonstration at the headquarters of Celtic Energy at Aberaman in the Cynon Valley. Four youths and an adult, who all denied breaching the peace, will be dealt with later.

The protesters, described in court as "eco-warriors" scaled the perimeter fence shortly after 6am yesterday. Super-glue was poured into locks and saplings taken from sites around the valley were planted outside the offices. Police made 22 arrests. The group, calling itself Reclaim The Valleys, is demanding a referendum across South Wales before further open-cast mining is allowed. Tony Heath