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Oscar winner joins fracking protest

Oscar-winning actor and writer Emma Thompson will join dozens of Lancashire women on a peaceful walk and silent protest at the controversial Cuadrilla site in Preston New Road, Little Plumpton.

The actor is showing solidarity with local women who have been opposing Cuadrilla's plan to frack in the area for years.

Lancashire county council voted against the controversial drilling technique in 2015 but was subsequently overruled by the government.

Anti-Fracking signs in Little Plumpton, Lancashire. Credit: pa

The protest march, led by women in white clothes, will start from Maple Farm and arrive at the Preston New Road site, where a 15-minute silent protest will take place followed by speeches from Emma Thompson and others.

Emma Thompson Credit: pa

Seven years from the first frack, all we have are a pile of broken promises and some holes in the ground. Council after council have been rejecting fracking, and projects have been delayed.

– Emma Thompson