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Legal action started against Lancashire fracking protesters

Anti-fracking protesters facing legal action as lawyers representing Lancashire farmers write to Greenpeace regarding illegal trespass for ’Frack Free Bake Off’

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Actress Emma Thompson, and sister Sophie headed up the protest in Lancashire last month
Actress Emma Thompson, and sister Sophie headed up the protest in Lancashire last month

Lawyers representing local farmers in Lancashire have written to Greenpeace regarding the deliberate breaking of a court injunction preventing trespass on land at Preston New Road on April 27, 2016.

 

The land, owned by farmer Allan Wensley, was illegally trespassed by more than 70 anti-fracking protesters, including Hollywood actress Emma Thompson.

 

Entry was gained by breaking a lock on a gate, causing damage to Mr Wensley’s property, damaging the grazing grass and preventing him from carrying out planned work on the field.

 

Mr Wensley said the whole event, dubbed the ’Frack Free Bake Off’ and the aftermath, was ’extremely frustrating and upsetting to his family’.

 

Trespass

 

He said: "There are lots of legitimate ways Greenpeace can choose to protest and yet they decided instead to trespass on and damage my land and property and knowingly flout the authority of the High Court.

 

This was extremely frustrating and upsetting to my family. They were interfering with our farming practice.

 

"I hope this letter reminds them of the seriousness of their actions and the penalties they face if they insist on future trespass when the court has made it clear they should not.”

 

Energy firm, Cuadrilla, who rent the potential fracking site from Mr Wensley said it continues to ’support local landowners in their stand against unlawful behaviour’.

 

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Chief executive of Cuadrilla, Francis Egan said: "We continue to support local landowners in their stand against this kind of unlawful and damaging behaviour which has already had a detrimental impact on a local farmer’s land and his business.

 

"This repeated wilful trespass is clearly illegal. We will not hesitate to fully assist Mr Wensley, or other landowners, in enforcing the eviction of trespassers and bringing any further contempt of the law to the attention of and for action by, the Court”

 


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