The eviction of New Hope anti-fracking camp shows the blurry line between policing and private security

In case you missed it: early this morning, a mob of dog-wielding bailiffs stormed the Camp of New Hope at Preston New Road, evicting frontline anti-fracking activists from what, for some, had been their home for 3 years. The eviction was planned and executed with the supervision of Lancashire police, and, as Freedom reported earlier

Preston New Road anti-fracking protectors evicted in dawn bailiff attack

In the early hours of this morning New Hope protectors camp near Preston New Road, Lancashire was swarmed by bailiffs and police in a coordinated raid reportedly named ‘Operation Blackpool’. A team of more than 30 bailiffs from Bristol’s Able Enforcements, bringing dogs and with assistance from specialist climbing operatives from Special Operations International, dragged

BREAKING: Anti-fracking ‘lorry surfers’ receive custodial sentences

Four anti-fracking activists today received harsh sentences following a guilty verdict for public nuisance for direct action they have taken nearby Preston New Road fracking site. Three activists were sentenced to custodial sentences: two received 16 months, and one 15 months, while the forth protester  received 12-month suspended sentence. The three are the first environmental

Jury finds three guilty over lorry surfing protest near Preston New Road fracking site

After a seven-day trial, three anti-fracking campaigners who took part in a lorry surfing protest near Cuadrilla’s fracking site in Preston New Road have been found guilty of public nuisance. It is the first public nuisance guilty verdict for anti-fracking movement and potentially could mean very bad news for any future direct action planning in the

Block Around The Clock opens anti-fracking festivities

The first day of a major protector action against gas fracking near Blackpool kicked off yesterday with ska-robics, speeches and activities from a wide range of green campaigning groups. The celebration/blockade, rounding off of a three-month campaign schedule under the banner United Resistance, kept up a high-energy approach through sweltering 30 degree temperatures as hundreds of

Block Around the Clock: days of direct action against the fracking industry

Three major developments in the fight against fracking happened recently. First of all, oil and gas exploration and production company Cuadrilla have applied for final consent to frack at Preston New Road site. Secondly, the Conservative government are proposing to take planning consent out of local council’s hands so that shale gas exploration will be