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Natalie Hynde anti-fracking protest trial adjourned

The anti-fracking trial involving Natalie Hynde, daughter of the Pretender’s singer Chrissie Hynde, and Ray Davies, of The Kinks, was adjourned today without any evidence being heard.

Ms Hynde denies trespassing on railway property at Balcombe on August 18th during protests against Cuadrilla’s exploration site near the village.

Her trial was due to start at Brighton Magistrates Court this afternoon (18/12/13) but after more than two hours of legal argument it was adjourned until March 17th next year.

More than 25 trials arising from the Balcombe protests are due to be heard at courts in Brighton, Horsham and Crawley in the next five months. In November, the first trial collapsed after an hour when a district judge questioned whether an offence had been committed. Another trial was adjourned before it could begin because the magistrates in court were not qualified to hear juvenile cases.

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