Anti-fracking campaigners have been protesting this morning outside Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool and at a supplier of drilling equipment in Derbyshire.
Lancashire Police said four people were involved in a lock-on protest at the shale gas site at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton. Opponents of Cuadrilla’s activities have also built small wooden towers at the site gate.
A police spokesperson said there was a contraflow on the A583 Preston New Road with temporary traffic lights at the site.
Anti-fracking campaigners have been expecting the delivery of the drilling rig to Cuadrilla’s site for the past few days.
Marriott Drilling protest
At Clay Cross, near Chesterfield, campaigners have protested outside the depot of the Marriott Drilling Group, which supplies equipment, including rigs, to onshore oil and gas sites.
One protester climbed onto the first of a convoy of four lorry. He was reportedly arrested and charged with aggravated trespass. Others protesters carrying banners had gathered at the gate or slow-walked in front of vehicles. Protesters said the convoy left the depot at about 3.15pm.
Video footage showed a woman protester apparently thrown to the ground by a police officer.