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‘Slow walk’ protests in road in front of vehicles at Kirby Misperton

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Protesters have taken part in two 'slow walk' protests in front of vehicles at Kirby Misperton today.

From 1pm to 1.20pm this afternoon, about six people walked in the road in front of a tanker and a van as they left the hydraulic fracturing site along Habton Road.

Police Liaison Officers ensured everyone was safe, and local traffic was able to pass by the protest.

Earlier in the day, from 9.15am to 9.35am, about three people held a similar protest as they walked in front of vehicles entering the site.

Following the announcement of the release of equipment at the hydraulic fracturing site, North Yorkshire Police’s ‘neighbourhood policing’ approach at Kirby Misperton will continue.

Superintendent Alisdair Dey, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Throughout this operation we have been balancing the needs and wishes of everyone at Kirby Misperton. We will continue to work with people on all sides of the issue, minimising disruption to the local community and ensuring protest activity is peaceful and safe.

“We always respond proportionately to any protests, so whenever possible we 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 are also redeployed back to their areas when there is no protest activity.

Last modified: February 8, 2018