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VIDEO - The lady's not for urning, tea lady Jackie speaks out

Jackie Brooks Tea Lady Fracking

4:22pm 12th October 2017
(Updated 4:52pm 12th October 2017)

There were angry scenes at the Kirby Misperton fracking protests this week (9th October) which made headlines worldwide.

When officers started to move a local woman, Jackie Brooks, who had been serving tea and coffee, it produced a furious response.

A few days on from the events of Monday, Minster FM met Jackie to talk about what happened.

"I felt quite calm.

The policeman on my right kept saying Will You Move and I said NO,

He said Will you move, Will you move and I just kept saying no"


VIDEO - Watch Jackie talking to Minster FM's David Dunning:


The police say they had asked protestors to move away from the wooden town for safety reasons.

Superintendent Lindsey Robson, of North Yorkshire Police, gave this statement at the time

We have a duty to ensure the safety of everyone involved in protests at Kirby Misperton.

Officers had to move several people away from a tower of pallets (Tower) this morning, after we received advice from the local authority that it may not be safe.

While some people were unhappy, we spoke to them and asked them to move for their own safety, which they did.

We will always act to protect people from harm.”

Jackie wasn't arrested and moved away after a period of time under protest.

I thought it was petty bullying, telling us that we could be crushed by that tower when we know darn well it’s as strong as it can be.

So it’s just another way of pushing us around, it’s bullying tactics, and I saw something on the side of one of the police vans today, and I’ve adopted it:

Do something new, Do something extra, Do something special. And that’s exactly what I’m doing.”


Jackie’s tea table has since been returned to her, and she immediately chose a new position and began providing refreshments for those present.

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