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Eviction attempted at Lancashire anti-fracking camp

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Eviction attempted at anti-fracking camp at Whitehills Business Park, 4 September 2018. Photo: Used with the owner’s consent

Security guards tried to evict an anti-fracking camp near Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas in Lancashire this morning.

Four officers and about 10 guards arrived at 7.20am at the “B & Q camp” on land at the Whitehills Business Park on the edge of Blackpool.

During the day, several campaigners took part in lock-on protests and the security guards later withdrew from the camp. Police officers were also present.

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Eviction attempted at anti-fracking camp at Whitehills Business Park, 4 September 2018. Photo: Used with the owner’s consent

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Eviction attempted at anti-fracking camp at Whitehills Business Park, 4 September 2018. Photo: Used with the owner’s consent

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Eviction attempted at anti-fracking camp at Whitehills Business Park, 4 September 2018. Photo: Used with the owner’s consent

Campaigners questioned the authenticity of a document said to be a Writ for Possession and Control. The document was unsigned, dated in one section “054/07/2018” and misspelt “endorse”. But the High Court in Manchester confirmed that it was genuine.

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Document shown to anti-fracking campaigners at Whitehills Business Park. Photo: Used with the owner’s consent

The B & Q camp has been occupied continuously since Cuadrilla started work at Preston New Road in January 2017.

Landowners can evict people from land using either common law or by a writ for possession. Under common law, landowners can ask people to leave their land. If they refuse, the landowner can remove them “using no more force than is reasonably necessary”. To use a writ of possession, landowners must first go to court  A writ is executed by High Court Enforcement Officers.

Updated 10/9/2018 with confirmation that the possession order was genuine

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  1. Last summer an attempt was made to evict Environment Protectors from this same land, I was visiting at the time. The validity of the document produced was questioned as were the credentials of the supposed bailiff who was likewise accompanied by several police officers.
    The outcome was a failed eviction, the bailiff never returned with his proof of authority to act but the question of who authorised this attempt and Police presence was never publicised!
    Wondering why that was?

  2. The bailiffs are in the area again tonight checking the heras fencing, the activists have barricaded themselves in and are surfing their own caravans. Not quite the actions of people who have permission to stay.

  3. Whoops! Toys out of the pram again? Weren’t you supposed to do the Ian R Crane links out of penance from now on?

    The clue is in the Ian R Crane report above if you watch it. But there in lies the rub doesn’t it? Didn’t watch it did you?

    Forbidden from giggling maybe?

    Never mind, I’ll do your research for you as usual. I like a good giggle.

    But this is positively the last time you hear?

    There, easy wasn’t it?

    And as a very special bonus, here is Ian R Cranes report from yesterday, for you pleasure and education….

    As always, it’s been a pleasure guys.

    Enjoy!

    Enjoy!

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