A bid to evict protesters from a controversial fracking site has been put on hold by a court.
Following the release of a video showing the arrest of a Barton Moss protestor, the IPCC have announced they will open an investigation.
A fracking company has announced plans to explore for shale gas in two new locations in Lancashire.
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.
A bid to evict protesters from a controversial fracking site is due to get underway.
Corporate giant Peel Investments have applied for possession of its land at Barton Moss in Salford where around 60 protesters have set up camp.
The land is being leased to IGas, a firm carrying out exploratory drilling to see if gas extraction by fracking can be carried out.
Since November 2013, anti-fracking groups have gathered in protest and police say patrolling the site has cost taxpayers £700,000 to date.
The case was previously adjourned after legal teams for the protestors argued they needed more time to prepare a defence case.
The Peel Group, who claim to own the land in Salford currently occupied by anti-fracking protesters, is heading to court in a bid to evict the campaigners.
High court documents have been served at the site - it is thought Peel are claiming possession of a strip of land running alongside Barton Moss Road.
Protestors have been at the camp for three months.
The Chief Executive of the company behind fracking in Lancashire has said his company are "committed to being a good neighbour".
Francis Egan, Chief Executive of Cuadrilla, said:
“We’ve been working hard to assess our site options and have undertaken extensive technical and geological analysis.As a result of this work, we have decided to focus on just two sites at this time.
"This will allow us to reduce the potentialimpact on the local area during exploration while still gathering the important information we need to determine howmuch gas could be recovered.
"We’re committed to being a good neighbour and to talking with the community at everystage of the process.”
Energy company Cuadrilla intends to drill at two new sites in Lancashire.
A statement said:
"The company intends to apply for planningpermission to drill, hydraulically fracture and test the flow of gas from up to four exploration wells on each of the sites".
A company drilling for shale gas on the Fylde coast says it will drill at two new sites, and drill a total of eight new wells.
The sites are located near to Roseacre and Little Plumpton.