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Fracking demonstration brings traffic to a standstill

Protesters brought traffic to a standstill outside a shale gas exploration site today as they staged a human chain demonstration across a road to show their opposition to fracking.

The fracking company is describing the action as 'utterly selfish and attention seeking'.

Lancashire Police had to be called out to the site on Preston New Road.

  • Ashley Derricott reports from the scene.

Protestors rally against government fracking decision

Anti-fracking protestors have demonstrated against a government decision to approve drilling in Lancashire, even after it was rejected by the county council.

Protestors say local voices are being ignored.

The gas company Cuadrilla plans to drill from the spring.

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