1. ITV Report

Four charged at anti-fracking protest in Kirby Misperton

Four people have been charged with obstructing a highway at Kirby Misperton following anti-fracking protests.

Police moved in yesterday to break up a human blockade outside the site of the proposed fracking works in North Yorkshire, as the company behind it begins installing specialist equipment at the plant.

A number of arrests were made but campaigners have vowed to do everything they can to stop the work, and returned today.

A 23-year-old man, a 40-year-old woman, a 53-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman have been charged with obstructing Habton Road on 20 September 2017.

They will appear at York Magistrates Court next month.

The controversial method of extracting gas, from shale rock below ground, using high pressure pumping equipment, has been granted planning permission, with the company involved insisting it's safe.

We’ll continue to take a neighbourhood policing approach to protests – that means we will talk to people, to explain what is acceptable in terms of safety and reasonableness, and ask them to work with us to make this a safe and peaceful protest. We would rather talk to people and persuade them to move, than have to make arrests.

– Superintendent Lindsey Robson, of North Yorkshire Police