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.
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.
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.
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