Fracking protest arrests

Five people have been arrested as anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss in Salford continue.

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Arrests at anti-fracking camp

Police say the cost of maintaining law and order at the anti-fracking protest in Greater Manchester has now reached £330,000. And while more than 60 arrests have been made, they claim only a third are from the North West.

The site at Barton Moss has seen more unrest earlier today as demonstrators clashed with officers.

Five arrests at Barton Moss anti-fracking camp

Five people have been arrested as anti-fracking protests continue at Barton Moss in Salford.

A Greater Manchester Police statement said:

The four men and one women were arrested on suspicion of either obstructing the highway or obstructing police and one offence of drink driving.

Greater Manchester Police respects everyone's democratic right to peacefully protest.

Officers are monitoring the demonstration and working with partner agencies, in particular Salford Council, to ensure it passes safely.

Due to the nature of the protest, a proportionate number of police officers are required to ensure the safety of all sections of the public.

– Greater Manchester Police statement

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