Check here for live updates on the eviction of Upton Community Protection Camp at the IGas Duttons Lane site near Chester. The company had been given permission to evict the camp from the afternoon of 4th December 2015. Campaigners at the camp have said they will resist attempts to remove them. The company wants to drill for coal bed methane at the site.
Chester Chronicle reporting 11 arrests.
BBC reporting all campaigners removed from site
Tweet from BBC Merseyside
Update from Green and Black Cross in Manchester on arrests
BBC Meseyside reporting that police say only 2 anti-fracking protestors are left at their camp in Upton – one in a tunnel, 1 up a platform
Chester Chronicle reports BBC One Show reporter Trish Adudu at Upton anti-fracking camp for a report to be broadcast next week.
Update on arrests from David Holmes of the Chester Chronicle
And BBC Merseyside says bailiffs are climbing trees to remove campaigners
Now dusk at Upton
Social media reports that an ambulance called onto Duttons Lane and that a campaigner is on a tripod on the site.
New link to livestream
Campaigner removed from digger. Digger escorted by police into Duttons Lane to shouts of “shame”.
BBC reports comments by Anna Davies, of Frack Free Dee Coalition:
“People at the camp are in their positions. There are people up towers, in the treehouses and in the tunnels and they’ve locked themselves on.
“They have either D locks around their necks or their arms around things in tubes with a padlock on it so they can’t be moved.
“It is immensely important we do resist. Allowing iGas a foothold at this site would be disastrous for the region. This is the frontline.”
Livestream shows a man, who says he’s a Chester resident, locked on to a digger being delivered to the site. He tells reporters he is doing it to “stop Cheshire being turned into a gas field”.
Picture from bambuser livestream. Link here: https://bambuser.com/v/6035637
BBC reporting four arrests: two for obstructing an officer and two for “indirect contradiction of the high court writ”. A force spokeswoman is reported as saying: Two other people have been given a “Section 35 direction to leave, which means they can’t return for 48 hours”.
Heavy equipment on its way to the site
Tweet from Frack Free Dee
Reports that some campaigners and media have been moved away from the site
David Holmes (Cheshire Chronicle) reports media asked to leave the scene.
Heavy police presence
Campaigners and police in Duttons Lane
Update from Cheshire Chronicle report, David Holmes:
Reports of another arrest
Link to livestream: http://bambuser.com/v/6035501
David Holmes tweets that one arrested man put in police van and taken away.
David Holmes, Chester Chronicle reporter, tweets on an arrest:
Green and Black (which coordinates legal support for protesters) reports arrests.
Image from livestream
Commentary of livestream filming suggests a JCB sent to support the eviction has got stuck in mud
BayTV reports local support at the end of Duttons Lane
BBC reports that specialist eviction officers at scene
Tweet from the BBC’s Phl McCann at the scene:
Tweet from Frack Off
Simon Byrne, chief constable of Cheshire Police, tweets that force is being supported by officers from Merseyside and North Wales
Frack Off reports campaigners are occupying tunnels, towers and treehouses
Statement from Cheshire Police
Cheshire Constabulary is aware that High Court officials are attending a local protest site in Duttons Lane, Upton to carry out an eviction process.
Previously, an order of possession had been served by High Court Enforcement Officers on the site. The Enforcement Officers have now been instructed to enforce the writ on behalf of the court, and Cheshire police officers are monitoring the situation and ensuring public safety.
Over the past few weeks, police liaison officers have been speaking to the protestors. Officers have also met with local residents and residents groups listening to their concerns, and officers have worked with the local community to minimise any impact in the Upton area. Local beat officers will continue to be available throughout the operation to address any issues raised by the local community.
The law provides for the right to peaceful protest, but also for the right for everyone to go about their daily business and the role of the police is to balance all lawful rights.
Over the period that the land has been occupied by the protesters, structures, tunnels and fortifications have appeared on the site which means the eviction process may be protracted. Police are on standby should they need to intervene where necessary.
Depending on events at the location Duttons Lane may have to be closed to allow this process to take place. If this is the case the public are thanked for their patience during this time.
Picture from livestream
Cheshire Police tweet: “High Court officials have moved onto a site in Upton to enforce an eviction order. Due to activity Duttons Lane has been closed”
Picture from livestream
Facebook post from campaigners
Livestream link here: http://bambuser.com/channel/stevespy
Cheshire Police confirm road closure and report diversions in place
Reports that the Duttons Lane has been closed for health and safety reasons
First reports of large numbers of police at Upton Community Protection Camp at IGas’s Duttons Lane site near Chester