Barton Moss and the protectors who live there have seen a good share of bad weather since it started and have had to overcome the loss of infrastructure, bedding and shelter. This evening’s storm was the most ferocious yet as helpful locals have taken in wet and bedraggled campers. The rebuilding of the camp will require the help from as many people as possible to make sure the convoys continue to be met by protests and blockades. If you can get down to Barton Moss tomorrow morning and lend a hand.
Earlier in the day Barton Moss Road was declared a public footpath in court. This means that previous arrests and charges for obstruction of the highway cannot be upheld. Unfortunately charges have not been dropped and there are worries the CPS will try and pin different charges on the arrestees.
This news however could be a game changer in terms of stopping or slowing down deliveries. It will certainly be interesting to see what happens tomorrow as the convoy arrives and the true extent of the damage is visible.
There were four more arrests today following the escort and delay of the convoy into the iGas site. Concerns surrounding the substances being brought onto Barton Moss have never been more justified as trucks were seen displaying radioactive material warning signs . Just what exactly are they doing behind that big green fence?
There was an astounding ten arrests today as several protectors had a sit in on the road holding up the convoy for many hours. Nine of the arrestees were released with one individual due in court tomorrow.
Today’s escort of the convoy was once again absent of police making for a peaceful demonstration. Yesterday’s arrests following the blockade were also a lot less violent than previous arrests, highlighting the recent change in police tactics.
Today there was a lock-on preventing the convoy leaving the iGas site from moving for over 6 hours. The leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett also visited the camp with her supporters and met up with protectors on the march.
Caudrilla announced two more fracking exploration sites at Roseacre Woods and Little Plumpton, near Blackpool, Lancashire. Things are starting to look a little bit too crowded in the desolate north, which the many anti-fracking campaigners across the country will surely have a thing or two to say about.
At Barton Moss the message still rings out that fracking isn’t wanted in the North of England or anywhere else.
Convoys were once again escorted in and out of the iGas site, at an excruciatingly slow, stop-and-start pace. There were no arrests as the police watched on.