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‘Slow walk’ protests at Kirby Misperton continue

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Police have facilitated ten 'slow walk' protests at Kirby Misperton this week.

Groups of protesters have walked along Habton Road in front of lorries every day, twice a day. Today, ‘slow walks’ took place from 10.35am to 10.55am, and from 12.35pm to 12.55pm.

Police officers were on-hand to ensure everyone was safe, and keep disruption to the local community to a minimum.

On each occasion, vehicles heading to or from the hydraulic fracturing site were delayed by about 20 minutes, before continuing on their journeys.

Police Liaison Officers continue to engage with members of the protest community at the site, explaining clearly what is acceptable in terms of safety and reasonableness.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police, said: “We are continuing to support and protect people engaged in safe, reasonable and peaceful protest at Kirby Misperton. Officers are there to balance the needs and wishes of everyone involved, including protesters, businesses and local residents going about their daily lives without disruption.”

There have been 84 arrests as part of the police operation connected to hydraulic fracturing at Kirby Misperton since September 2017, on suspicion of offences including obstruction of the highway, obstructing police officers, assaulting police officers and causing danger to road users.

Last modified: February 23, 2018