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Anti-fracking protesters stay for possible appeal

Protesters camped outside the drill site Credit: PA

Anti-fracking groups camped outside an exploratory drill site in Salford, are staying put while the Appeal Court considers an eviction order.

The landowner, Peel, secured the right to remove demonstrators from their land at Barton Moss.

That order was due to become effective at midday today, but senior judges will now decide whether to re-examine the case.

It means protesters will add another few days to a campaign that began late last year. They surrounded the site when another firm, iGas, began testing for gas.

Time is running out for anti-fracking campaigners

Camp at Barton Moss Credit: PA

Anti-fracking protesters at a drill site in Salford have until midday today to vacate their camp or be evicted.

A judge granted a possession order to landowners Peel Holdings yesterday.

The protesters have been camped at the site since last November protesting against iGas who are test drilling for shale gas.

Their demonstrations have triggered a large scale police operation to ensure trucks, equipment and staff can reach the drill site.

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VIDEO: Eviction notice served on anti-fracking protesters

An eviction notice has been served on anti-fracking protesters camped outside an exploratory drilling site in Salford.

The protesters have until tomorrow lunchtime to leave the site at Barton Moss, if they cannot appeal the possession order won today by the landowner Peel Investments.

Some have already decided to leave, but they say the fight against drilling for shale gas continues.

Most anti-fracking protesters stay put

by Daniel Hewitt

Most protesters I spoke to said they will be leaving the camp at 12pm tomorrow if their appeal is unsuccessful. Until then though they're stating put, with only a few signs of people packing their things and preparing to leave.

But everyone I spoke to insist they're not leaving the local area altogether. They say they willsimply set up camp somewhere else in the community, and return to Barton Moss everyday to protest against fracking.

Some anti-fracking protesters pack-up and leave

Demonstrators dismantle their tent at Barton Moss Credit: ITV

A small number of anti-fracking protesters in Salford are leaving their camp at a drill site, ahead of a court-ordered eviction.

A judge in Manchester gave them until midday tomorrow to vacate the site at Barton Moss, after a court action by landowners Peel.

The firm owns the land on which another company, iGas, is test drilling for shale gas.

Demonstrators protesting against those tests have been encamped at Barton since late last year.

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Court orders eviction of anti-fracking protesters

The encamped protesters now have to leave Credit: PA

Anti-fracking protesters at a drill site in Salford have been ordered off the site.

A judge has granted a possession order to landowners Peel. It means the demonstrators have until midday tomorrow to leave the area at Barton Moss.

Peel owns the land on which another company, iGas, is test drilling for shale gas.

The protesters have been camped around the site since late last year. Their demonstrations have triggered a huge police operation to ensure trucks, equipment and staff can reach the drill site.

Anti-fracking demonstration begins in Manchester

Hundreds of people have turned out for an anti-fracking rally in Manchester, in support of the Barton Moss Protection Camp and against fracking in Greater Manchester.

Hundreds of people marching through Manchester to oppose 'fracking' Credit: Tim Scott
Protesters gather in Manchester City Centre Credit: Tim Scott

Read: Hundreds expected to turn out for anti-fracking rally

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