Three anti-fracking campaigners who took part in a four-day lorry surfing protest near Cuadrilla’s Lancashire shale gas site have been found guilty of public nuisance.
Rich Loizou, from Devon, Simon Roscoe Blevins, from Sheffield, and Richard Roberts from London, all denied the charge. They have been bailed until 25 September 2018 when they will be sentenced.
The jury reached its verdict this afternoon after a seven-day trial at Preston Crown Court. The three men declined to comment on the verdict.
This is thought to be the first trial of anti-fracking activists charged with public nuisance.
The charges relate to a protest on the A583 near Blackpool in Lancashire, starting on 25 July 2017.
The three men climbed onto separate lorries delivering to the Cuadrilla shale gas site at Preston New Road.
During July 2017 the national campaign group, Reclaim The Power, coordinated a month of protest outside the site, called the Rolling Resistance.