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Anti Fracking protestors charged with causing danger to road users

News Article, Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire

Article By: Dave Roberts

First Published: 31 October 2017

TWO PROTESTORS who erected wooden towers in the middle of Habton Road at Kirby Misperton on Monday (30 October 2017) have been charged to court.

The 56-year-old man and 39-year-old woman will appear at York Magistrates' Court on 21 December 2017, 9.30am, court room 3, charged with causing a danger to road users.

The woman has also been charged with obstructing a police constable while carrying out their duties.

Both of been given bail conditions not to enter Habton Road in Kirby Misperton effective from today, 31 October 2017.

Superintendent Lindsey Robson, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "We will continue to take a neighbourhood policing approach to any protest activity - that means we will talk to people, to explain what is acceptable in terms of safety and reasonableness, and ask them to work with us to make this a safe and peaceful protest.

"We would rather talk to people and persuade them to move than have to resort to force and make arrests.

"It is a challenge to balance the rights, needs and wishes of all parties involved, including the right of people to assemble and protest peacefully, balanced against the right of local people to go about their daily lives safely and without disruption.

"However, once the balance has tipped from peaceful protest to deliberate acts that are unlawful and cause unreasonable disruption to others, then the public would expect the police to take action.

"Police liaison officers have been engaging with the protest community, and will continue to do so, explaining clearly to them what is acceptable in terms of safety and reasonableness, and what action will be taken if necessary."





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