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Anti-fracking protesters stand firm as police and bailiffs move in to evict them

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Police officers and bailiffs have moved in to an anti-fracking site near to Chester to enforce an eviction order issued by the High Court.

Police officers out in force at the Upton anti-fracking camp Credit: ITV News

The site, leased by fracking company IGas Energy, is situated on Duttons Lane, in Upton, Cheshire, and is the longest running anti-fracking camp in the country.

It has been fortified with tunnels, tree houses and a moat.

The move by police and bailiffs comes two months after protesters were ordered to leave so drilling could begin.

The protesters have now locked themselves in tunnels and on high platforms to slow down the eviction process.

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Cuadrilla welcome recommendation to approve Lancashire fracking site

Cuadrilla welcomed the recommendation by Lancashire County Council that proposals for a fracking site at Preston New Road should go ahead.

The company also said they were "disappointed" that the planning officers had not recommended that the Roseacre Wood site should also be given the green light.

A spokesman said:

"Whilst we remain confident that our original proposed route was adequate, the alternative route suggested also met with all necessary guidelines in our view.

"We are disappointed that officers do not support this in their negative recommendation; however, we are pleased to note that, as with Preston New Road, they are satisfied with all other aspects of the Roseacre Wood planning applications."

"We will await the councillors' decisions on both these applications at the end of June."

"In January 2015, officers recommended refusal at Preston New Road only on grounds of night-time noise and we duly submitted additional information on mitigation measures, which was publicly consulted on, to further bring down noise levels well below limits set out in government guidance."

– Cuadrilla spokesman

He said the planning officers were satisfied with all other aspects of the planning applications, in particular in regard to drilling and fracking, including issues of air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, water resources, landscape impacts, seismicity and subsidence.

For the application at Roseacre Wood, Cuadrilla supplied additional information regarding traffic routes after the planning officers recommended in January that the scheme be turned down over traffic impacts, he said.

"Whilst we remain confident that our original proposed route was adequate, the alternative route suggested also met with all necessary guidelines in our view."

"We are disappointed that officers do not support this in their negative recommendation; however, we are pleased to note that, as with Preston New Road, they are satisfied with all other aspects of the Roseacre Wood planning applications."

"We will await the councillors' decisions on both these applications at the end of June."

– Cuadrilla spokesman

Lancashire fracking: Green Party leader Natalie Bennett to join protests at Council meeting

Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party Credit: PA Images

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett says she will join protests against fracking at Lancashire County Council's meeting next week.

She was speaking in response to the Council's decision to recommend approval for a fracking site at Preston New Road.

The Green Party leader said:

"It is disappointing that Lancashire County Council officers have recommended approval for one of the two proposed fracking sites, but this is only a technical judgment, which will be open to challenge."

"The actual decision will be made by elected councillors next week. I would urge them to consider the strength of opposition to fracking in the surrounding communities, and around the country - which polls have demonstrated have only grown as the public has learnt more about extreme energy extraction."

"I will be joining what I am sure will be huge protests against fracking outside the council meeting. I would urge everyone who wants our Government to not just talk about climate change but actually take the actions necessary to cut emissions to join me."

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