24 November 2017

One protector was arrested at KM8 fracking site last Friday, 17th November 20017.

Police disrupted a peaceful protest at the gates to KM8, but released the arrestee within a few hours with no charge.

Over 50 people were gathered at the gates to express their opposition to fracking. All chose to move or were moved by the police, however only one protector, a 60 year old woman, was arrested.

Natalie Bennett, former leader of the Green Party, visited for ‘Green Friday’ where she addressed the crowd:

“5 years ago people said there would be a fracking industry in 5 years. Today there is no fracking in Britain, and we’ve got to keep it that way.”

NB at KM8 171117

Speaking after the arrest she said:

“I’ve been disturbed by the policing that I’ve seen here today. It’s been, in my view, unnecessarily confrontational and clearly the democratic right to public protest is not being upheld.”

Once the crowd had been forcibly moved, 2 vehicles left the site by turning right, violating Third Energy’s Traffic Management Plan.