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.
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.
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