A KARATE instructor is using his skills in self defence to defend the environment.

Tony Johnson of Church Lench organised a ‘breakathon’ on Tuesday in which he broke breezeblocks, tiles and bricks with his bare hands in order to raise money to fight plans to build a windfarm in the village.

Tony was being sponsored for every item he broke and will pass the money onto VVASP(Vale Villages Against Scottish Power), a group against the proposed windfarm.

He said: “The reason people live here is for the incredible views but that would be ruined by these turbines. We have got to find another way to generate power. These turbines would be built very close to houses and be very intrusive.”