Two women who took part in a lock-on protest during an anti-fracking demonstration outside the IGas shale gas site at Misson in Nottinghamshire have been found not guilty of obstruction.
Stephanie Robinson, of Sheffield, and Michelle Maddock, of Dronfield, were among about 80 people at the event, called Fossil Fools Day, on 1 April 2019.
Ms Robinson and Ms Maddock locked themselves together in the site entrance, blocking lorry access for about nine hours.
At a trial at Mansfield Magistrates Court (14 November 2019), they denied obstructing the highway.
The court heard that deliveries by heavy goods vehicles were cancelled or delayed, although staff were able to enter and leave the site.
District Judge Andrew Meachin said he could not be sure they were wholly on the highway and found them not guilty.
Ms Maddock said after the trial
“I am a great believer in standing up against injustice. Gas extraction is an injustice and needs opposing by all means available to us”
“It took a few minutes for the verdict to sink in. It was not something I expected. I am extremely happy with the result.”