In this update on protests about fracking and the onshore oil and gas industry:
- The first lock-on in 2018 outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site;
- Lorry surfing protest at Preston New Road.
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9 January 2018
Lorry surfing protest
An opponent of Cuadrilla’s plans to frack at Preston New Road climbed onto the cab of a lorry delivering to the site near Blackpool at about 4.30pm. At the time of writing (7pm), the campaigner was still on the lorry. We’ll update with new information as we get it.
Alleged poisoning of guard dog at Kirby Misperton
North Yorkshire Police reported that two men were arrested in connection with allegations that pellets had been thrown into Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton site and eaten by a guard dog, which was sick and collapsed. The dog was taken to a vet for treatment
The police said a 42-year-old man was arrested in Kirby Misperton at 1.30pm on Monday 8 January. A 61-year-old was arrested at 2.50pm at Tadcaster bus station that day. The police added:
“Several pellets were seized from the site”.
Both men were released on bail, with a condition to stay away from the site gates. They have not been charged.
A statement from Kirby Misperton Protection Camp described the allegation of poisoning as spurious.
The protection camp said a caravan was searched but nothing was found. A jar of sweets was later seized from the van that serves tea to protesters at the site. The protection camp added:
“We believe that this allegation has been made in response to a formal police complaint, following threats of violence to protectors made by the security dog handler in question.”
8 January 2018
Four arrested following first Preston New Road lock-on of 2018
Two pairs of opponents of Cuadrilla’s shale gas operations in Lancashire locked themselves together at about 5am outside the site at Preston New Road near Blackpool.
The lock-on protest was the first of 2018. A team of four specialist police officers removed the campaigners by early afternoon.
Police said four people, a 17 year old girl, men aged 43 and 56, and a 39-year-old woman had been arrested on suspicion of wilful obstruction of the highway.
A spokesperson for the opponents said the action was in memory of two anti-fracking campaigners who died suddenly at the end of last year.
Photos by Louise Robinson