Road blocked after anti-fracking protestors climb on top of lorry in Kirby Misperton

Tanker in Kirby Misperton Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police have blocked off a road after anti-fracking protestors climbed on to a lorry as it drove through Kirby Misperton this morning.

Two people climbed on top of a tanker on Main Street near the roundabout in the centre of the village at around 10am this morning.

Officers say the vehicle has stopped and the road is blocked. Motorists are being urged to avoid the area while a specialist police team deals with the incident.

Anti-fracking protestors are still outside Third Energy's site on the outskirts of the village where work is under way to start drilling for shale gas.

Superintendent Alisdair Dey, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “This protest activity will have a significant impact on the local community this morning. Police are doing all they can to minimise disruption to residents.”

One man has already been taken down from the tanker and been arrested for tampering with a vehicle.

The other protestor remains on top of the lorry at this time.

A woman has also been arrested for obstructing the highway.