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Anti-fracking demonstration in Carlisle

A demonstration is due to take place today in the centre of Carlisle by people opposed to fracking.

The protest is one of 32 demonstrations being held in towns and cities across the UK.

The event in Carlisle is due to happen at 2pm and will start by the bandstand in the centre of the city.

North Cumbria and parts of southern Scotland have been identified as possible sites where fracking could be used to extract large deposits of shale gas.

The controversial method of removing shale gas involves drilling down into the earth and using a high-pressure mixture of water and sand to release gas trapped in rocks.

Supporters say it could be worth hundreds millions of pounds to the UK economy but those who are opposed to it insist it will cause environmental damage.