An anti-fracking campaigner has been served with court papers during a tea party protest opposite Buckingham Palace.
Tina Rothery, who has been ordered to pay legal costs of more than £55,000 in a dispute with the shale gas company, Cuadrilla, said the papers ordered her to appear in court next month. Earlier this year, she refused to pay the costs or give details of her finances to the courts. Details
“They sent a man all the way to London to serve papers. Now I only caught a bit of it before it got caught up in the wind and blew off and apparently I have to serve two weeks in prison for contempt of court but I need to go and defend myself on the 19th of October in court to face that charge.”
This afternoon’s protest by the Lancashire Nana’s campaign group follows their open letter to the Queen. They said it was their final attempt to prevent fracking in Lancashire. A government announcement is expected any day on whether Cuadrilla will get the go-ahead to frack up to eight wells at two sites in the Fylde, near Blackpool.
Referring to the decision, the Nana’s letter said:
“We are a group of UK citizens who feel increasingly shut out of the decision that is soon to be made on shale gas extraction in Lancashire.”
This afternoon, the group, wearing tiaras along with their trademark tabards, gathered on the Queen Victoria Memorial opposite Buckingham Palace for tea and cake.
During the protest, Ms Rothery tried to deliver a copy of a report on the social effects of the prospect of fracking in Lancashire but police at the palace refused to accept it.
The new joint leader of the Green Party, Jonathan Bartley, attended the event.