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Hundreds strong protest challenges fracking bosses in Kirby Misperton

by Kim Hunter
Issue No. 2570

Anti-fracking protesters in Kirby Misperton yesterday

Anti-fracking protesters in Kirby Misperton yesterday (Pic: John Atkinson)


Hundreds of protestors gathered outside Kirby Misperton village hall, North Yorkshire yesterday, Thursday, to show their opposition fracking firm Third Energy.

The fracking company was holding a question and answers event ahead of its planned development of a well in the village.

Company bosses sneaked in with heavy security long before the protest started, clearly frightened of facing the crowd.

Campaigner Tony said, “They're only here to protect their profits. Locals are just collateral damage.”

Another said, “We need political parties to support us but they're too wrapped up in what's happening with Brexit.”

Many protesters talked of the need for local anti-fracking groups to come together in a national campaign. And there is a possibility that a national campaign could be in the early stages of coordinating and gathering support.

Cath from East Yorkshire said, “We need people on the ground. We need the locals involved, but we also need to unite our campaign nationally because the other side are most certainly united.”

The protest came after footage emerged online showing police joking about the arrest of protesters at the anti-fracking camp in Preston New Road, Lancashire.

Members of the local protection camp in Kirby Misperton vowed to stand in the industry's way.

Local anti-fracking groups are also backing the coach to the Tory Party Conference demonstration on 1st of October.


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