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Caroline Lucas found not guilty over fracking protests

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas MP has been found not guilty at Brighton Magistrates' Court of obstructing a public highway and a public order offence during an anti-fracking protest at Balcombe, West Sussex.

ITV News Correspondent Martin Geissler reports:


Lucas 'haunted' by UK's reliance on fossil fuels

Green MP Caroline Lucas told the court she felt it was important to protest about fracking to prevent the UK from being locked into using more fossil fuels.

Green MP Caroline Lucas (centre) arrives with co-defendants and supporters at Brighton Magistrates Court in East Sussex Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ms Lucas said: "I'm haunted by the idea that my children and my children's children will turn round to me and say, 'What did you do about this overwhelming threat?'"

Her co-defendants were also cleared of both charges against them. They were Josef Dobraszczyk, 22, from Bristol; Ruth Jarman, 50, from Hook, Hampshire; Sheila Menon, 42, from north east London; and Ruth Potts, 39, from Totnes, Devon.

Lucas vows to continue fight against fracking

Green MP Caroline Lucas has promised to continue her fight to end fracking after being found not guilty of obstructing a public highway and a public order offence.

"We will continue to campaign to end fracking and only celebrate when our world is on the path to a clean energy future," Ms Lucas said outside court.

She was arrested outside energy company Cuadrilla's exploratory oil drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex, in August last year.

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Lucas cleared of Balcombe anti-fracking charges

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas was arrested outside energy company Cuadrilla's exploratory oil drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex, last August 19.

She was among a group of protesters who had linked arms outside the site, which had become a national focal point for anti-fracking protests.

During the trial at alongside four co-defendants, Lucas, 53, said she "wanted to express solidarity" by protesting peacefully. She was found not guilty of the two charges she faced - wilful obstruction of a public highway and breaching an order under Section 14 of the Public Order Act.


'Over a third' want lads' mags banned from shops

Over a third of people questioned as part of a Daybreak poll on lads' mags want to see magazines like Zoo and Nuts banned from stores.

Protesters picketed Tesco stores in August to urge them to ditch lads mags. Credit: PA

Nearly a third of people thought lads mags were harmful to society and almost half, 45%, believed they fuelled sexism.

A staggering 77% of people questioned would not allow their child to buy one.

The results comes ahead of a parliamentary meeting lead by MP Caroline Lucas, along with women's rights groups UK Feminista and Object, and will strongly criticise Tesco, the UK's biggest retailer, for stocking lads' mags.

London arms fair ejects two firms over torture weapons

Two companies have been ejected from an arms fair in London for promoting illegal torture weapons after the Green MP Caroline Lucas raised the issue in Parliament.

The companies were promoting handheld projectile electric shock weapons, weighted leg cuffs and stun batons, according to Ms Lucas's website.

Ms Lucas said it was "frankly disgusting that items like this are being are being promoted at a supposedly legitimate trade event in Britain".

A notice on the website of the DSEI Arms Fair confirmed that Tianjin Myway International Trading Co. and Magforce International were ejected over a "compliance breach".

Lucas: Fracking is 'a complete distraction'

Fracking is "perverse" and "a complete distraction" said Caroline Lucas.

The Green Party MP wanted the Government to recognise Balcombe, where large anti-fracking protests have been taking place since the weekend, is "on the front line of climate change".

The MP was speaking the day after she was arrested for protesting at the Balcombe site, along with her son.

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