25th March 2014 Caroline Lucas trial: Day two – afternoon evidence Anti-fracking campaigners, including the Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, took part in a sit down protest outside Cuadrilla’s oil exploration site at Balcombe for more than two hours before they were arrested by police.
24th March 2014 The trial of the MP Caroline Lucas and four other anti-fracking campaigners is due to begin at midday today at Brighton Magistrates Court. Dr Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, Ruth Potts, of Totnes, Ruth Jarman, of Hook, Sheila Menon, of London, and Josef Dobraszczyk, of […]
March 20th 2014 Simon Welsh, the poet arrested for singing outside the gate of Cuadrilla’s oil exploration site in Balcombe, explained in verse this afternoon why he thought he had done nothing wrong. Mr Welsh, 34, of High Street, Balcombe, went into the witness box at Brighton Magistrates […]
The judge at the trial of Simon Welsh, the poet arrested while singing at the Balcombe anti-fracking protests, has ruled there is a case to answer and the hearing should continue. Mr Welsh, 34, of High Street, Balcombe, denies he failed to comply with a condition on protesting […]
19th March 2014 The judge at the trial of Simon Welsh, the Balcombe poet arrested at an anti-fracking demonstration while singing a protest song, has retired to consider whether to dismiss the case halfway through. Defence barrister, Tom Wainwright argued there was no case to answer because the […]
19th March 2014 Brighton Magistrates Court heard this morning how poet Simon Welsh was arrested at the Balcombe anti-fracking demonstrations, while leading a group of singers in the Balcombe anthem. This was a protest song written by Mr Welsh and sung to the tune of Jerusalem. Mr Walsh, 34, […]
Balcombe anti-fracking protests likely to seriously disrupt community – former Chief Constable tells court
18th March 2014 The former chief constable of Sussex explained this afternoon that he imposed restrictions on anti-fracking protesters at Balcombe because he believed the demonstrations would cause serious disruption to the life of the local community. Martin Richards, who retired from the police a week ago, was […]