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VIDEO - Farmers Against Fracking rally at KM8 site

Kirby Misperton Fracking Tractors

10:36am 26th September 2017
(Updated 4:32pm 26th September 2017)

Over 100 people came to the gates of Kirby Misperton fracking site to show their support for the rally of Farmers Against Fracking.

One of the organisers was Matthew Trevelyan, a father to two young children and a sheep farmer from the North York Moors.

He addressed the crowd saying

“Fracking isn’t just an environmental issue - it’s a livestock issue.

It’s a food issue. It’s a livelihood issue.”

He wanted to highlight the threat that campaigners say fracking poses to agriculture, particularly as Ryedale is home to prime farmland.

He explained that from previous experiences worldwide, fracking and farming should be considered thoroughly incompatible, as fracking involves putting huge areas of land under concrete, and pouring toxic water into the earth, threatening the water supply and risking irreversible land contamination.

The protectors expressed a determination to fight this new UK fossil fuel industry in solidarity with farmers globally fighting the impacts of climate change, and cited devastating weather events as threatening food security.

Deliveries recommenced to Third Energy’s site today after yesterday’s blockade meant that no vehicles were able to access the site.

At around 12noon, 2 women were also arrested for obstruction of the highway, when police cleared peaceful protestors from the gateway to facilitate the exit of HGV lorries.

 

 

Fracking Farmers

 

VIDEO - Farmers arrive at Kirby Misperton

 

 

 

Protestor cause 12 hours delay to work at KM8

 

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Yesterday four women dressed in costume and describing themselves as "The Bat Girls" locked on at the gates for over 12 hours to highlight the threat of fracking to rare species of bats known to be living nearby.

They were all removed by last night by police.

They had deployed 2 lock-on devices at 6am, the devices were heavy blocks of metal and concrete with two arm-holes, each woman then put her arm inside the device and lay in a line in front of the gate, acting as a human blockade to prevent work being carried out at the site.

A spokesperson for KMPC said:

“We want to know what is being done by authorities about the fact that protected species of bats are right next to this fracking site.

Even Third Energy have found that there are bats present, but no one knows what is being done about it”.

 

Just after 10am yesterday (Monday) , a welfare officer - a person designated to ensure the welfare of the locked on protectors (protestors)  was arrested under the Trade Unions Act despite being advised by a Police Liaison Officer that she could carry out her task.

She was released at 5.30pm, charged with the Obstruction of a Police Officer, whilst the charge under the TUA was discharged No Further Action.

At approximately 10.45am another man who had been live-streaming the proceedings to Facebook, ended up in a large ditch at the side of the road before being arrested for obstruction of the highway.

He was released with no further action at around 3.30pm.

He accused police of trying to stop filming at the site.

“My arrest was the most outrageously contrived attempt by North Yorks Police to remove cameras from scrutinising their increasingly aggressive facilitation of Third Energy’s Fracking operation at Kirby Misperton”.

 

Arrests Update from North Yorkshire Police

Five people have been charged with offences at Kirby Misperton on Monday 25 September 2017.

Officers made six arrests at the entrance to the hydraulic fracturing site.

A 61-year-old man was released with no further action.

Minster FM understands this was the man who was live filming for Facebook

The police statement continues.

A 56-year-old woman has been charged with obstructing a police constable.

Four women aged 35, 36, 54 and 62 have been charged with wilfully obstructing a highway and besetting a place to compel the abstention of a lawful act.

The five people who have been charged will appear at York Magistrates Court next month.

A total of 18 people have been arrested at the site so far in September.

Two were released with no further action, two accepted cautions, and the other 14 have been charged to court.

 

The police were asked about the accusation that they were trying to prevent filming and this was their response

"Our core tactic is to engage with people on all sides of the issue, explain what is acceptable, and ask them to work with us to make this a safe and peaceful protest. We would rather talk to people and persuade them to move than to have resort to force and make arrests."

 

 

Pictures - Eddie Thornton/Minster FM 

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