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20-minute peaceful protest at Kirby Misperton this afternoon

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Police at Kirby Misperton facilitated a 20-minute peaceful protest outside the hydraulic fracturing site today.

A group of about 20 protestors sat and stood in the road in front of the entrance to the site, as four heavy goods vehicle waited to leave. Habton Road itself was not closed.

The protestors blocked the entrance from 2.55pm to 3.15pm. At that point, the convoy of lorries left the site with no issues.

Police Liaison Officers engaged with protestors to facilitate the peaceful protest.

Superintendent Alisdair Dey, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “We need to balance the rights, needs and wishes of everyone at the site, including those who want to assemble and protest safely and peacefully.

“Every day, officers will engage with the protest community, explaining clearly what is acceptable in terms of safety and reasonableness, and what action will be taken if necessary.”

Last modified: October 9, 2017