MP charged over fracking demo

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has been charged with two offences by police after taking part in a fracking protest at the Cuadrillia drilling site in Balcombe, west Sussex last month.

Charged MP Lucas 'still concerned' about fracking

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said she remained "deeply concerned" about the impact of fracking after confirming she had been charged for her part in protests.

She said:

Sussex police have today confirmed I am being charged with two offences arising out of my arrest in Balcombe on August 19.

One of the offences is for obstructing the highway. The other is for failing to comply with a police condition to move to a specified protest area.

I firmly believe in the right to peaceful protest and remain deeply concerned about the impact of fracking on climate change and the wider environment.

– Caroline Lucas

Anti-fracking MP Lucas faces two protest charges

Caroline Lucas MP will be prosecuted on two charges, one for breaching a police order on public assemblies and another for wilful obstruction of the highway.

Nigel Pilkington, a senior lawyer with the Crown Prosecution Service South East, said:

Following an investigation by Sussex police, the Crown Prosecution Service has received a file of evidence in relation to Ms Caroline Lucas MP.

After careful consideration, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to prosecute Ms Lucas for breaching a police order on public assemblies and wilful obstruction of the highway.

These are summary offences which can only be tried at Magistrates' Court.

– Nigel Pilkington

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