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Peaceful ‘slow walk’ protest takes place at Kirby Misperton

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A group of people walked in front of four lorries leaving the hydraulic fracturing site at Kirby Misperton, as North Yorkshire Police facilitated a 'slow walk' protest this morning.

Between 11.30am and 11.50am, about ten protesters walked along Habton Road, delaying the vehicles by 20 minutes.

Police Liaison Officers liaised with protesters at the site earlier in the day to enable the safe and peaceful protest.

Superintendent Alisdair Dey, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “The key challenge for us is balancing the rights, needs and wishes of everyone at Kirby Misperton – including people assembling and protesting peacefully, businesses carrying out their lawful activity, and local residents going about their daily lives safely and without disruption.

“We’ll continue to take a ‘neighbourhood policing’ approach to protests – we will talk to people, explain what is acceptable in terms of safety and reasonableness, and ask them to work with us to make this a safe and peaceful protest.

“We always respond proportionately to any protest activity, so that means when it is peaceful and safe, we can reduce the number of officers at Kirby Misperton, and redeploy them to policing duties elsewhere in North Yorkshire.”

On many days in January, the only officers present at the site have been a few Police Liaison Officers, whose role it is to engage with the protest community. They have also been redeployed back to their areas when there was no protest activity.

Last modified: February 6, 2018