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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

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Hundreds expected to turn out for anti-fracking rally

Anti-fracking campaigners from across Britain marched to the Barton Moss gas exploration site run by Energy company IGas in January Credit: PA

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out today for an anti-fracking rally in Manchester, in support of the Barton Moss Protection Camp and against fracking in Greater Manchester.

Protesters will meet in Piccadilly Gardens at 12:00pm and march to Cathedral Gardens.

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