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Man arrested after Kirby Misperton protest

The anti fracking site at Kirby Misperton Credit: ITV

A man has been arrested after anti-fracking protestors climbed a rig at a live well site at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire.

One man climbed down from the rig at about 3.45pm this afternoon (21st October)

He has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass and criminal damage.

He remains in custody.

Three people climbed up the workover rig, two remain occupying the platform

Police 'remain on scene' after Kirby Misperton protestors occupy rig

Two men and a woman climbed onto a platform 60ft up a rig inside the site Credit: 'KM protectors'

North Yorkshire Police say they remain 'on scene' at Kirby Misperton after reports in the early hours of the morning that three protestors had gained access to what's known as the hydraulic fracturing site where fracking could soon begin to take place.

Two men and a woman climbed onto a platform 60ft up a rig inside the site and have been there since the early hours of this morning (21st October)

It follows a long running campaign by some protestors to stop any potential fracking at the site.

Below is a statement from North Yorkshire Police.

“Once again, emergency services resources will have to be deployed to deal with this situation.

“We have endeavoured to work with people on all sides of the issue, and our approach has been to ask them to work with us to make this a safe and peaceful protest.

“However, when it turns from peaceful protest to deliberate acts that are unlawful, cause unreasonable disruption to others or are dangerous then we need to take action.

“Our immediate concern is the safety and welfare of the protesters. Officers are on site assessing the situation.

“If the safety of those on the rig is put at risk then we will take appropriate action to bring the protest to safe conclusion.”

– Superintendent Michael Walker, of North Yorkshire Police

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Co-leader of Green Party to visit the region in support of anti-fracking protestors

Jonathan Bartley Credit: PA

Co-leader of the Green Party, Jonathan Bartley will visit Kirby Misperton in support of anti-fracking protestors.

Permission to frack has been granted to Third Energy.

The company wants to begin frackingby the end of the year.

However the plans have faced major opposition from environmental campaigners.

What is Fracking?

  • Fracking is a technique used to drill for deposits of fossil fuels that cannot be extracted by conventional means.
  • It involves pumping fluids into rocks at such high pressures they fracture, releasing the gas or oil locked inside.
  • Critics say the process is disastrous for the environment, leading to pollution of ground water and even triggering earthquakes.
  • Britain is thought to have large deposits of shale gas that can be exploited by using the method.
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