More than half the people charged with offences at protests near Angus Energy’s Brockham oil site near Dorking in Surrey have had their cases dropped before they got to trial.
Prosecutors told Redhill Magistrates Court this morning they were withdrawing the cases against five people, involving seven charges.
Another four cases will go ahead. All the people involved in them have pleaded not guilty.
Magistrates heard that the dropped cases involved Gillian Horn, Sarah Rogers, Jackie Hamlin and Amanda Wheatland, all from Dorking, and Patrick Horne, of Balcombe, West Sussex. All five had denied the charges against them.
Cases going ahead involve Chris Crook, of Dorking, Tamla Hunter, of Manchester, Lesley Bucknell, of Worcester Park, and Callum Eden. They all pleaded not guilty. Mr Crook, Ms Hunter and Ms Bucknell were charged with obstructing the highway near the Brockham site on various dates in January. Ms Hunter and Ms Bucknell were additionally charged with resisting a constable. Mr Eden was charged with tampering with a motor vehicle.
The four were remanded on unconditional bail until a case management hearing at Guildford Magistrates Court on 18 April 2017.