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Protest update: 1-7 January 2018

Lorry surfing protest at Kirby Misperton, 3 January 2018. Photo: Ian R Crane

In this update on protests about fracking and the onshore oil and gas industry:

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6 January 2018

“Die-in” in Huddersfield

Members of Huddersfield Friends of the Earth took part in a symbolic protest outside the town’s Barclays in opposition to the bank’s funding of fracking company, Third Energy. The protesters wore red to symbolise the ‘red lines’ that must not be crossed to avoid dangerous climate change.

“Die-in” protest outside Barclays Bank, Huddersfield, 6 January 2017. Photo: Gareth Savage


5 January 2018

Anniversary protest at Preston New Road

Anti-fracking campaigners marked one year of work and protests at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site near Blackpool in Lancashire. More than 250 people, from Lancashire and across England, reportedly joined a rally outside the site gates. They marked the anniversary of the start of work at the site. DrillOrDrop report

Anniversary rally outside Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road, 5 January 2018. Photo: Refracktion


3 January 2018

Lorry surfing protest in Kirby Misperton

Two people climbed on top of a tanker on its way to Third Energy’s fracking site in the North Yorkshire village of Kirby Misperton at about 9.10am.

A 56-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of obstructing the highway after coming down from the tanker shortly after the incident began.

The other person, a 28-year-old man, remained on the tanker for about three hours and was brought down by a specialist police team.

Police cordoned off the road, which was blocked to traffic until about 12.30pm.

A 27-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of obstructing the highway, after she stood in the road in front of a vehicle.

Lorry surfing protest at Kirby Misperton, 3 January 2018. Photo: Ian R Crane

Lorry surfing protest at Kirby Misperton, 3 January 2018. Photo: Ian R Crane

Lorry surfing protest at Kirby Misperton, 3 January 2018. Photo: Ian R Crane

Specialist team with “lorry suffer” on the tanker in Kirby Misperton village. Photo: North Yorkshire Police

“Lorry surfer” brought down from the tanker.

Protest policing creating a cordon in Kirby Misperton, 3 January 2018. Photo: Ian R Crane

Protesters preparing for a slow walk, Kirby Misperton, 3 January 2018. Photo: Colin Gong

North Yorkshire Police reported on 4 January that following the incident a 28-year-old man was charged with hindering lawful work by climbing onto a tanker. A 56-year-old man was charged with tampering with a motor vehicle by getting on to a tanker. A 27-year-old woman was charged with wilfully obstructing Main Street in Kirby Misperton.


 2 January 2018

Tinker Lane, north Nottinghamshire

Campaigners gathered at the gate to the IGas shale gas exploration site, where work got underway in November 2017.

Campaigners at IGas’s site at Tinker Lane, north Nottinghamshire, 2 January 2018. Photo: Deborah Gibson

Opponents also protested outside IGas’s other Nottinghamshire site at Springs Road, Misson.

Campaigners at IGas’s site at Springs Road, Misson, north Nottinghamshire, 2 January 2018. Photo: Kathryn Williamson


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