31st March 2014 Section 14 trial: Day one – afternoon evidence Police feared environmental campaigners might break into Cuadrilla’s drilling site at Balcombe and climb the rig during the No Dash for Gas climate camp in August last year, a court heard this afternoon.
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31st March 2014 Section 14 trial: Day one – morning evidence An anti-fracking campaigner at last summer’s protests at Balcombe lost consciousness after police used the pressure point arrest technique on him, a court heard this morning.
31/3/14 The Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex, Katy Bourne, announced last week that the Home Office would pay for the policing of any future shale gas protests in Sussex. It also agreed to contribute to the cost of last summer’s demonstrations at Balcombe.
31st March 2014 The trial starts today of nine more people arrested at the Balcombe anti-fracking protests on the same day as Caroline Lucas MP. (Her week-long trial, along with that of Ruth Potts, Ruth Jarman, Sheila Menon and Josef Dobraszczyk, ran out of time on Friday and […]
28th March 2014 Caroline Lucas trial: day five – evidence of Ruth Potts, Sheila Menon and Josef Dobraszczyk Police behaviour at the Balcombe anti-fracking protests on the day MP Caroline Lucas was arrested changed from playful to intimidating, a court heard today.
After five days of evidence, the trial of five anti-fracking campaigners was adjourned until April 17th. The group read this statement outside the court: “We have made our case, stood up for what we believe in, and it will soon be time for the judge to make his ruling. […]
28th March 2014 Caroline Lucas trial: day five – Caroline Lucas’s evidence The Green MP Caroline Lucas joined a symbolic five-hour sit-down protest against Cuadrilla’s activities at Balcombe to send a message to the government that fracking would lead to more dangerous climate change.
27th March 2014 Caroline Lucas trial: day 4 – afternoon evidence The judge at the trial of Caroline Lucas will decide overnight whether to dismiss one of the charges against her and four other anti-fracking campaigners.
27th March 2014 Caroline Lucas trial: day three – morning evidence Caroline Lucas told police she thought her arrest at an anti-fracking protest at Balcombe was disproportionate because the issue was important and she was not inconveniencing anyone. This morning, the MP’s trial at Brighton Magistrates Court heard […]
27th March 2014 Caroline Lucas trial: day four – morning evidence The judge at the trial of Caroline Lucas and four other anti-fracking campaigners has refused to allow the defence to call an expert witness on climate change.