Fracking Protest Arrests

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Andrew Hill (Police, Sgt, WEST - Fylde)

We thought you’d appreciate an update after the four arrests made yesterday at the fracking site on A583 Preston New Road:   Jared Dunne, 22 of Manchester Road, Warrington; Edward Thornton, 33, of, Pickering, North Yorkshire and Joseph Boyd, 43, of Blyth Hey, Bootle were charged with a breach of a Section 14 Public Order Act notice and are due to appear before Blackpool Magistrates Court on March 3.   Louise Hammond, 53, of Cedar Avenue, Scunthorpe was charged with a breach of a Section 14 Public Order Act notice and breach of bail. She was remanded to appear before Blackpool Magistrates Court this morning where she was further bailed.   These arrests were made in addition to 2 arrests on Friday for Obstruction of the Highway.   We fully understand people’s right to peaceful and legal protest and will continue to facilitate this as we have done from day 1.  However, we have to balance this with the rights of people and local companies to go about their daily business.   We are also aware concerns have been raised around the traffic management plan but it would be best to direct these to Lancashire County Council who are the lead agency in this area.  Police Liaison Officers are in attendance daily at the site and are there to engage with you – say hello – we don’t bite J   We will continue to work with campaigners, local businesses and the local community.