Anti-fracking protesters have blockaded the headquarters of energy company Cuadrilla in Staffordshire, while others have superglued themselves to a PR company used by the firm. Police have now began removing protesters from the site.
Protesters broke into our Lichfield office, harassed our staff and chained themselves to filing cabinets. The police are on site dealing with this. We condemn all illegal direct actions against our people and operations.
Despite the stresses, the morale of our people in Lichfield, Balcombe and elsewhere is fine. Our people and the teams that support us are doing a magnificent job. They know that what we are doing is legal, approved, and safe, and that shale gas is essential to improve our energy security, heat our homes, and create jobs and growth.
Anti-fracking protesters have blockaded the headquarters of energy company Cuadrilla in Staffordshire, while others have superglued themselves to a PR company used by the firm.
The action at Cuadrilla in Lichfield and at PR firm Bell Pottinger in central London comes on the first of two days of 'mass civil disobedience' which campaigners have pledged to carry out to highlight their stance against fracking.
Activists are currently taking part in a six-day Reclaim The Power action camp in Balcombe, West Sussex, after Cuadrilla began carrying out exploratory oil drilling at the site.
Campaign group No Dash For Gas said six protesters superglued themselves to the glass door of Bell Pottinger at 8am and deployed reinforced arm tubes to stop anyone else getting inside.
Meanwhile, 20 protesters shut down the Cuadrilla site in Lichfield by blockading it with their bodies. People inside the building had also hung banners from it saying 'Reclaim the power' and 'Power to the people'.