The case against three people who took part in a protest outside Rathlin Energy’s oil exploration site in East Yorkshire was dismissed today.
Dan Ashman, Aaron Bell and Natalie Morris denied obstructing a police officer and obstructing the highway outside the West Newton site in June 2019.
Their trial collapsed halfway through when Hull Magistrates Court heard evidence that the council had officially closed the road during the protest.
A district judge dismissed all the charges against the three, saying there was no direct evidence that they had obstructed the road. She described it as “an unusual case”.
The lock-on protest started on 10 June and continued until 11 June 2019.
On the afternoon of the first day of the protest, East Riding of Yorkshire Council formally closed the road. (DrillOrDrop report)
Speaking after the trial, Dan Ashman said he was relieved at the verdict. He said: “on this occasion justice was served”.
- The case against two women who were arrested after chalking on the road outside the West Newton site was listed today for 24 April 2020 at Grimsby Magistrates Court.
- A trial of 12 people at Blackpool Magistrates Court involved in a protest outside Cuadrilla’s shale gas site in May 2018 was adjourned today until 2020.