Snatch squads arrest protesters

Police are tonight facing growing criticism that they've been too heavy handed dealing with campaigners at the anti-fracking demonstration at Balcombe, in West Sussex.

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MP Francis Maude's reaction to protests

Sussex MP Francis Maude has released a statement following the protests outside his office yesterday.

He said: "I'm sorry that the genuine concerns and peaceful protests of Balcombe residents have been drowned out by illegal direct action by organisations who have no direct interest in the locality. "

My constituents in Balcombe are entitled to have their voices heard and their concerns addressed by the regulators. The company also have a right to carry out an activity which has been subjected to the full rigour of regulatory scrutiny. As for the demonstration at Gough House, this was one of the most pointless exercises I have come across. The only effect was to cause distress and hassle to our hardworking dedicated team, and to waste even more police time and precious resources."

– Francis Maude, Local MP for Sussex
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'Peaceful' anti-fracking protests take place at Balcombe

Anti-fracking protesters were surrounded by police today as they linked arms in front of a lorry making its way to the gates of the Cuadrilla site in Balcombe, West Sussex.

The protest has so far remained peaceful, despite an earlier arrest of a woman.

Police officers escort a lorry heading to the Cuadrilla exploratory drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Environmental activists slow down a lorry heading to the Cuadrilla exploratory drilling site. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Activists form a human chain to slow down lorry. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
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Anti-fracking group 'not taking action' on second day

Anti-fracking campaign group No Dash For Gas said they have no plans for a second day of action, although groups of people may protest outside the drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex.

Today we are not taking action.

We are having meetings and deciding what to do next. But we will be coming back, it is not a sprint, it's a marathon.

– Ewa Jasiewicz, No Dash For Gas

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Anti-fracking protesters turn out for a second day

Protesters have turned out for a second day of direct action at the drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex, demonstrating against fracking.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas was among more than 30 people arrested when anti-fracking campaigners staged a series of protests around the country on Monday.

Environmental activists slow down a lorry heading to the Cuadrilla exploratory drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

One lorry has already entered the site at Balcombe in West Sussex, with demonstrators marching in front as it made its way down the road.

Anti-fracking demonstrations continue in West Sussex. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
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Police tell anti-fracking protesters 'we must be ready'

Sussex Police has responded to campaign group Frack Off, after it posted a picture of police dressed in riot gear at the drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex.

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