1st April 2014 Section 14 trial: Day two – morning evidence The temporary chief constable of Sussex was accused this morning of agreeing to controls on the Balcombe anti-fracking protests for six days last summer to prevent disruption to the oil exploration company, Cuadrilla.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]