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Updated: First “lorry surfer” protest blocks Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton fracking site

170928 KM surf Eddie Thornton

“Lorry surfer” protest blocks the road near Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton fracking site in North Yorkshire, 28 September 2017. Photo: Kirby Misperton Protection Camp

A woman has climbed onto a lorry outside Third Energy’s fracking site at Kirby Misperton, closing the road. 

Today’s action was  the first time this form of protest, called “lorry surfing”,  has been used at the North Yorkshire site.

The protest began at 11.55am, when police closed the road to allow the vehicle to leave the site. North Yorkshire Police said at just after 5.30pm the woman had come down and had been arrested.

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Lorry protest at Kirby Misperton, 28 September 2017. Photo: North Yorkshire Police

Earlier, the force said on its Facebook page

“This irresponsible action is extremely dangerous. As a direct result, Habton Road is now closed, and this will cause significant disruption to the local community.

“Officers are at the scene assessing the situation, and diversions are being put in place. We will keep you updated.”

Campaigners from Kirby Misperton Protection Camp responded in a statement:

“It is not for the police to determine our methods of protest. We have not forgotten that this right, which is enshrined in Article 11 of the Human Rights Act, was hard-earned by campaigners, and we intend to defend it.”

Sam, a local mother, said:

“We said no to fracking, and we won’t sit by while they force it on us.”

Referring to the approval of planning permission for fracking by North Yorkshire County Council, she added:

“They didn’t listen to us in the council meeting – perhaps they’ll listen to us when we climb on lorries!”

“Lorry surfing” has been used at protests against the onshore oil and gas industry most recently at Preston New Road near Blackpool and at Broadford Bridge in West Sussex. One campaigner stayed on top of a lorry outside the Preston New Road site for more than 80 hours. One of the first women to surf a lorry in an oil and gas protest was Debbie Mallard at Horse Hill, in Surrey,  in November 2014.

Convoy re-routed

A delivery by a convoy of lorries was routed this afternoon to the site across the River Rye, over the Newsham Bridge, south west of Great Habton. This route is not the one designated in the Traffic Management Plan.

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Delivery to Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton site using roads not designated in the Traffic Plan, 28 September 2017. Photo: Leigh Coghill

Hymn singing stopped

Earlier today, opponents of Third Energy’s fracking plans held a service and sang hymns outside the site entrance. Police moved people away from the gate entrance, carrying one man who lay on the ground. Video by Eddie Thornton.

Updated to include new pictures and details and to correct reference to first woman lorry surfer

4 replies »

    • Love the singalong video. At least the police have not banned impromptu choral participation, yet? One would have supposed they could keep to a beat?
      Perhaps some Acapella Copelia? Or some Gilbert and Sullivan? A policeman’s lot is not a happy one?

        • Yes, funny that? perhaps the police could give us a demonstration?
          Also speaking of choreography, Coppelia, with two “p”‘s is a ballet, about a girl Swanhilda, who loses her boyfriend to a toymaker’s dummy and then she poses as the dummy and pretends to come to life and get her boyfriend back.
          There is in act 2 a part where Swanhilda and her friends find themselves in a large room filled with people. However, the occupants aren’t moving. The girls discover that, rather than people, these are life-size mechanical dolls.
          I think it was the “cop” in Coppelia i was going for, but the fact that it is a ballet, a dance, not a song, and its about a false dummy image that only comes to reveal itself if exposed, and that the whole onshore ohandgee issue is about the consequences for real people, and not just money or overbearing national imperatives, and that is what really matters, not fake wooden dummies set up so that government and industry deception can pull the strings and remove our freedom of protest and demonstration?

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