Police clash with protesters

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.

Anti-fracking protests in Lichfield, full report

Protesters forced their way into the offices of an oil and gas exploration company in Lichfield today. They locked themselves to filing cabinets using bicycle locks.

The protest was part of a day of action by the No Dash For Gas group, who are opposed to the process of hydraulic fracturing, also known as 'fracking'.

The company says work at its headquarters continued as normal and that everything they do is legal, approved and safe.

Callum Watkinson reports.

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Protesters 'chained themselves to filing cabinets'

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.

– Spokesperson for Cuadrilla

Anti-fracking protesters in Lichfield

Campaign group No Dash for Gas said that anti-fracking protesters have shut down the headquarters of oil firm Cuadrilla Resources in Lichfield.

Protesters outside Cuadrilla's headquarters in Lichfield Credit: ITV News Central
Protesters outside Cuadrilla's headquarters in Lichfield Credit: ITV News Central
Protesters outside Cuadrilla's headquarters in Lichfield Credit: ITV News Central

Anti-fracking protests in the Midlands

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.

Anti fracking demonstrations at the offices of Bell Pottinger in High Holborn in central London Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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'.