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Kirby Misperton protesters arrested after locking themselves to metal and concrete devices

Habton Road, Kirby Misperton, blocked by four people locked to metal and concrete devices

[F]our people who lay down in the road at two different locations in Kirby Misperton and locked themselves into devices have been cut out and arrested.

A total of four people were locked together in concrete and metal devices, at the north and south ends of Habton Road. They lay down in the road at about 8.30am this morning.

Habton Road was blocked while police officers with specialist training and equipment attended the scene to remove all four.

The people were protesting against the nearby fracking site.

Superintendent Alisdair Dey, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “I know that protest activity has had a significant impact on the local community, particularly over the last few weeks. We are doing all we can to make sure residents can go about their daily lives safely and without disruption.

“Local neighbourhood police officers and PCSOs will continue to be active in Kirby Misperton and surrounding villages, addressing any concerns about the impact of protest activity.”

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: “Two people at one end of Habton Road were released by specially-trained officers at 12.40pm, and the other two at 2.15pm.

“They have been arrested on suspicion of obstructing a highway and remain in custody.”

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