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Anti-fracking protestors locked onto barrels made of metal.

Fracking Thornton

10:30am 25th September 2017
(Updated 5:16pm 25th September 2017)

PICTURES - Eddie Thornton - Kirby Misperton Protection Camp Facebook page

Four people have been lying in the road outside the Kirby Misperton fracturing site with their arms locked into barrels made of concrete and metal.

Police say officers have spoken to the people involved and they stated they would be lying in the road for 24 hours, or 'as long as it takes'.

Police said earlier this will cause significant disruption to local businesses.

Superintendent Alisdair Dey, of North Yorkshire Police, said:

"Our core tactic is to engage with people on all sides of the issue, and ask them to work with us to make this a safe and peaceful protest.

"However, once the balance has tipped from peaceful protest to deliberate acts that are unlawful and cause unreasonable disruption to others, including companies going about their lawful business, then we need to take action.

"Whilst we would always wish to negotiate, specialist police teams are on site assessing the situation."

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At this time, Habton Road remains open, but local road users should anticipate some delays due to the disruption caused. Police had removed two people by 17:00 Monday.

More Arrests

Meanwhile another protestor who was filming live for Facebook was arrested by police this morning after toppling from a verge into a ditch.

The 61-year-old was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a highway, but was subsequently  released with no further action.

Another five people have been arrested today and police have not released any details about what has happened to them. as yet


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