Protestors at an anti-fracking camp in Barton Moss say no one at the camp would endanger someone else's life after claims a flare was fired at a police helicopter landing at the nearby airfield.
Protestors at an anti-fracking camp in Barton Moss have posted images as police search their tents.
Officers are searching the camp after a flare was fired at the police helicopter as it came in to land at Barton airfield. Air crews believe the flare came from the camp.
Police are searching an area around Barton Moss after a distress flare was fired at the police helicopter.
The flare was fired directly into the path of the helicopter, while it landed at Barton Airfield.
The aircrew claim it was fired from the nearby anti-fracking protest camp.
Chief Superintendent Mark Roberts said:
This is was an unbelievably stupid act of criminality which was extremely dangerous, not only for the police helicopter, but all other aircraft that use the nearby Barton airfields and the wider public.
Had this flare caused an emergency situation it would not only have been catastrophic for the aircraft and its crew but potentially for numerous homes near the airfield, the M62 motorway and a children's residential facility.