A campaigner from Hull was remanded in custody by a court in the city today following a protest against local drilling for oil and gas.
The man, known as Peanut, climbed onto a tanker visiting Rathlin Energy’s West Newton-A exploration site last week.
The protest began at about 4.30pm on Wednesday 30 July and ended when the campaigner came down voluntarily the following morning (Thursday 1 August).
He was arrested at about 11.30am. Eye witnesses alleged he was knocked unconscious during the arrest.
The campaigner was arrested for allegedly breaching section 241 of the Trades Union and Labour Relations Consolidation Act and remanded in custody to Hull Prison until today’s appearance at the city’s magistrates court. He was also alleged to have breached bail conditions.
Opponents of onshore oil and gas schemes were at the court this morning. The campaigner was remanded in custody again, until his next appearance for a case management hearing at 10am on Thursday 8 August.
Hull and East Riding Green Party said in a statement after the man’s arrest:
“We are disappointed to hear that a member of the public exercising their right to protest at the West Newton exploration site was violently arrested by police this afternoon. We hope there will be a public investigation into this treatment by police officers, who are meant to protect the public at all times and not engage in corporate policing tactics.”
At the hearing on 8 August, the campaigner, named as Pelle Kirkeby, was remanded in custody again. He did not request bail.
He denied charges of obstructing a police officer, obstructing the highway, tampering with a motor vehicle and preventing a person carrying out their work.
There is due to be a pre-trial hearing on 5 September 2019 and the trial is at Hull Magistrates Court on 13 September 2019.