Protest update: 15-21 May 2017

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In this update of protests about fracking and the onshore oil and gas industry:

  • Anti-fracking campaigners hand in complaint about Preston New Road protest policing
  • Police criticise behaviour of some protesters at Kirkham vigil
  • Swap work for work protest at Preston New Road
  • Lock-on at A E Yates
  • Fancy dress Friday

This post will be updated throughout the week with any new activities and events.

19 May 2017

Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, Lancashire

Opponents of Cuadrilla’s operations at Preston New Road took part in a Fancy Dress Friday protest outside the site.

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Photos: Chris Whynot

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Photo: Kieran Dunne

18 May 2017

A E Yates, Lostock, Bolton

A mother and son took part in a lock-on protest outside the A E Yates depot in Bolton. The company is the main site contractor for Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site. Photos: Ben Deevoy

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17 May 2017

Police Station, Kirkham, Lancashire

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Photo: Netpol

Anti-fracking protesters handed in a letter of complaint about policing of protests against Cuadrilla’s shale gas activities at Preston New Road. Police complained about the behaviour of some protesters at the event. DrillOrDrop post and more photos

Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, Lancashire

Opponents of Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road activities held a Swap work for work protest outside the site entrance. Photos: Ros Wills and Cheryl Atkinson

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  1. Ptotest Update on update:

    Statement following ‘vigil’ at Kirkham Police Station

    Lancashire Constabulary would like to express its disappointment at the behaviour of a number of people who attended an anti-fracking vigil at Kirkham Police Station today (Wednesday, May 17th).

    Around 50 people attended the event which was expected to be a peaceful and silent vigil but which resulted in behaviour which included stopping a police car leaving the station on an emergency call.

    Supt Richard Robertshaw said: “We are always happy to facilitate peaceful protest but it is clear that there were a number of people at today’s event who were engaged in anything but.

    “It is especially disappointing that a number of people even tried to prevent a police car from leaving the station to attend an emergency call to a traffic accident, behaviour which I’m sure most reasonable people would find completely unacceptable.

    “We will continue to engage with those who wish to protest peacefully and we will do all we can to facilitate that protest. It will remain our intention to ensure a consistent and coordinated policing response and ensure a balance between the rights of people to peacefully protest, together with the rights of the wider public, including local businesses, to go about their lawful activities.

    “We aim to prevent, where possible, crime and disorder, but if it does occur we will provide an effective, lawful and proportionate response.”

    Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw said: “Today’s event was billed as a silent vigil but instead we have seen a minority hijack this, trespassing on a police property and disrupting the service that officers are working hard to provide. These are Lancashire officers who are there to do their job, working to keep communities safe. Time and again we are seeing the police caught in the difficult position of balancing the rights of protestors to peacefully protest and the rights of companies and others to go about their lawful business. The conduct of some protestors today clearly went beyond peaceful protest and this kind of behaviour towards officers is not acceptable.”

  2. I genuinely didn’t notice that they had been told to come as “fancy dress” and presumed was just the norm.
    What happened to the young girl that seems to have crutches and her knee strapped? [Edited by moderator]

    • [Edited by moderator]

      Here is a good quote for you:

      “Whoever sets himself up as a judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods”
      Albert Einstein

    • The young girl you refer to is in fact a local Councillor and mother of three who lives near to Preston New Road. She sustained leg injuries, which needed hospital attention, a couple of months ago when she was pushed to the ground by the police facilitating Cuadrilla. She was later pushed over again on another occasion. This has now resulted in an MRI scan and she may need an operation. Despite being in considerable pain and needing the leg brace she continues to demonstrate against fracking for the sake of her family and her community.
      [Edited by moderator]

      • Are you one of the [edited by moderator] people in the videos harassing the Police? Just wondered….

  3. I suspect it may the termite problem The wooden keyboards are pretty vulnerable. Myself, Jim R. has been kind enough to provide me with a plastic one and, unfortunately for the rest of you, it’s a pretty functional and durable piece of kit.

    Quite a cunning plan by Jim really, utilise those fossil fuels, raise the temperature, then the termites will quieten the eco warriors. We should have realised when we saw film of him running in Africa. The mind can plan all sorts of things when it has few outside distractions, and the eyes focus on what is around you. Not just the Defender project he thought up.

    (Before you bother-my keyboard is not going to end up in the ocean.)

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