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Three arrests after Kirby Misperton blocked by tanker protest

Three people have been arrested after climbing on top of a truck in Kirby Misperton as part of anti-fracking protests. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Three people have been arrested after climbing on top of a truck in Kirby Misperton as part of anti-fracking protests.

Two people climbed on top of a tanker on Main Street near the roundabout in the centre of the village at around 10am this morning.

A police team with specialist training and equipment had to be deployed to remove one of the men.

Officers blocked off the road until 12.30pm while the issue was dealt with.

Superintendent Alisdair Dey, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “This protest activity had a significant impact on people living and working in Kirby Misperton this morning".

“We will support the right of people to assemble and protest peacefully, but once the balance tips from peaceful protest to deliberate, unlawful acts that cause unreasonable disruption to the local community, then we will take action.”

A police team with specialist training and equipment had to be deployed to remove one of the men. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

In response to the incident, a spokesman for the local anti-protesting group Reclaim the Peace said:

"Despite numerous pleas from residents to stop disrupting their daily lives and work, the activists continue to act illegally and without any regard for the families of the village and surrounding areas".

" Furthermore, lives and property are once again being put at risk by blocking roads needed by the emergency services'.

"We call upon the activists to cease this action immediately and confine their activities to legal, peaceful protest at the fracking site itself".

Anti-fracking protestors climb on top of lorry in Kirby Misperton Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of tampering with a vehicle, after he climbed on top of the tanker and refused to come down for about three hours.

A 56-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of obstructing the highway, after he climbed on to the same tanker and came down a short time later.

A 27-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of obstructing the highway, after she stood in the road in front of a vehicle.