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Fracking protests to continue

Anti-fracking protesters will maintain a presence outside an exploratory drilling site following two days of direct action against the energy company carrying out the work.

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Anti-fracking activists camp 'without permission'

The owner of the farm where anti-fracking protesters have set up camp in West Sussex has said the activists came on his land "without permission".

Activists set up their Reclaim the Power action camp near Balcombe in West Sussex Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Richard Ponsford, who owns Sidney Farm in Balcombe, said: "About three or four vans came on to the field and they spent about three hours barricading the field in.

"I certainly did not give my permission. There is no way I would have allowed them in at all."

He was not reassured by the activists' promises to leave the field in the same state as they arrived, saying: "They might not know how much damage they might do."

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