Charges of aggravated trespass have been dismissed against two anti-fracking campaigners at a trial in Chesterfield. Four other campaigners were acquitted of the same charges.
The trial, which ended yesterday, followed a protest on 15 July 2017 outside P R Marriott, a drilling supply company, based at Danesmoor near Clay Cross.
Anti-fracking protesters had targeted the company because they thought it was supplying equipment to Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road in Lancashire.
At the two-day hearing, all six on trial denied aggravated trespass.
The cases against two men were dismissed by the district judge at the end of the prosecution evidence. Three men and a woman were acquitted in the afternoon after going into the witness box.
One of the men whose case was dismissed was Joe Boyd, a campaigner who challenged an injunction sought by INEOS in the High Court against anti-fracking protests. INEOS had referred to protests at P R Marriott to support its case for the injunction.
Mr Boyd said he was pleased the case was over.
“It has been dragging on for so long. We have been coming backwards and forwards to Derbyshire for months”.
He said his original bail conditions, later changed, had prevented him from travelling to the county.