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Kirby Misperton fracking protesters build tower in road

[P]rotesters have built a tower in the road at Kirby Misperton and climbed on top of it.

On Sunday evening, police facilitated a peaceful ‘candlelit vigil’ at the entrance of the site on Habton Road for members of the local community.

During the event, at about 7pm, a group of protesters dragged a tower into the road at the site entrance. A man and a woman then climbed on top of it, and locked themselves to each other. They remained there overnight.

It is the third time protesters have built a tower and climbed up it at Kirby Misperton. On both previous occasions, protesters have been removed and arrested by police, and the towers dismantled by the local authority.

Superintendent Alisdair Dey, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Once again, emergency services resources will have to be deployed to deal with this tower in the road – so the actions of a minority of protesters will cause significant disruption. When the balance tips from peaceful protest to unreasonable acts then we have to take action.”

A specialist police team is on site assessing the situation. Habton Road remains open to through traffic at this time.

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