Protester complains of police ‘assault’

A former naval officer has described being reduced to tears in pain following what he described as “assault” by a police officer during a demonstration at the Preston New Road fracking site in Lancashire.

Nick Sheldrick, 36, of South Shore in Blackpool, is paralysed from the waist down following an injury he incurred in 2012 while working for the Merchant Navy, and says injuries sustained to his leg on Monday (10 April) left him with severe nerve pain.