Police officers using specialist climbing gear removed an anti-fracking protester this afternoon from a small wooden tower outside Third Energy’s gas site at Kirby Misperton.
A fire engine with a cherry picker was used to the take down the man at about 4.45pm. He had been filming officers policing anti-fracking protests.
The man continued to film and broadcast as fire and police officers prepared to remove him. He was arrested for obstructing the highway.
The tower, which is about 7ft tall, had been constructed during the weekend on the grass verge next to the site entrance.
At about 4am today two men locked themselves together at the site entrance. Protesters said police and security guards intervened to try to stop the protest, known as a lock-on.
Supt Alisdair Dey said:
“A police officer and a member of the public have been injured in this incident. This kind of behaviour is completely unacceptable and will be investigated thoroughly and dealt with appropriately.”
Kirby Misperton Protection Camp said in a statement:
”Our actions are always peaceful, at no point do we wish to enter into any kind of confrontation with the police or security. We ask North Yorkshire Police and Next Level Security to please consider everybody’s safety to avoid the risk of serious injury.”
The two men were cut apart by a specialist police team and arrested.
Update on arrests
On the lock-on protest in the early hours of Monday 2 October, North Yorkshire Police said in a statement:
“A 65-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, common assault and obstructing the highway. He has been released on bail as enquiries continue.
“A 23-year-old man was arrested and has been charged with assaulting a police officer and obstructing the highway.”
The police added that a 49-year-old had been charged with obstructing a police officer after being removed from the tower.
According to police figures, 26 people were arrested at the site in September. Of these:
- 2 were released with no further action
- 2 accepted cautions
- 22 were charged with offences including obstructing the highway, assaulting a police officer and obstructing a police officer