A quiet Lancashire village is at the centre of a storm over police violence. But it’s a saga that has been running for months, with The Telegraph even getting caught up in it. And now, ordinary people are accusing the police of being a private company’s very own “stormtroopers”.
Two councillors who were pushed to the ground during policing of protests outside Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking site last week have accused offices of trying to provoke the demonstrators.
Miranda Cox, a member of Kirkham Town Council, and Roger Lloyd, an independent on Fylde Borough Council, both reported increasingly heavy-handed policing at the weekday protests outside the site at Preston New Road near Blackpool.
A High Court judge has granted an injunction outlawing public access to Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road, near Blackpool.
But his honour Philip Raynor QC refused the company’s application to exclude from the injunction a protest area on land about 175m from the site entrance.
He said the area, measuring 25m by 25m, was too small to be reasonable and could be a source of “increased anger” if protest was limited to it.
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Lancashire Police issued a correction today to its earlier statement that 150 people had attempted to break into Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road after an anti-fracking national day of action on Saturday (25 February 2017)
The statement, posted on the Fylde Police Facebook page, had said
“A significant number of protesters believed to number around 250 made their way to the Cuadrilla site on Preston New Road
“Around 150 of those proceeded to try to breach the fencing and to gain access to the site.”