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Two protesters arrested at Kirby Misperton fracking site

[P]olice attended Kirby Misperton just after 10am this morning after a group of protesters caused an obstruction at the hydraulic fracturing site.

Several protesters were moved away from the front of the site. Two men were arrested.

A 69-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and obstructing a police officer.

A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a police officer.

Both remain in custody as enquiries continue.

Superintendent Alisdair Dey, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “We know that there are very different views about hydraulic fracturing, but as the local police, our responsibility is to carry out our duties impartially.

“We have a duty to make sure that people who want to assemble and protest do so safely, balanced against a duty to ensure that businesses can go about their lawful commercial activity.

“Police liaison officers have been engaging with the protest community, and will continue to do so, explaining what is acceptable in terms of safety and reasonableness.”

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