Man held in frack­ing protest is re­leased

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A MAN who was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of pos­sess­ing am­mu­ni­tion for a firearm in Kirby Mis­per­ton has been re­leased.

Protests have been tak­ing place in the North York­shire vil­lage over Third En­ergy’s frack­ing plans.

The man was ar­rested at about 2.25pm on Wed­nes­day on Habton Road. A sus­pected bul­let was seized.

A North York­shire Po­lice spokesman yes­ter­day said: “A 54-year-old man ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of pos­sess­ing am­mu­ni­tion for a firearm has been re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion while po­lice en­quiries con­tinue.”

The ar­rested man was one of six held for var­i­ous of­fences in­clud­ing as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer and ob­struct­ing the high­way at Kirby Mis­per­ton.

There has been a long-run­ning protest by en­vi­ron­men­tal cam­paign­ers. Po­lice say they have a duty to en­sure the safety of ev­ery­one in­volved in protests at Kirby Mis­per­ton.

The news comes af­ter the En­vi­ron­ment Agency ap­proved plans for an en­ergy com­pany to use the con­tro­ver­sial frack­ing tech­nique, mean­ing frack­ing in York­shire moved a step closer to­day.

The govern­ment agency re­vealed that it had given the green light to Third En­ergy’s plan for its well site at Kirby Mis­per­ton af­ter what it de­scribed as a “thor­ough as­sess­ment”.

Sep­a­rately, a spe­cial­ist piece of equip­ment known as a ‘workover rig’ was this week de­liv­ered to the site between Nor­ton and Pick­er­ing, where cam­paign­ers have been hold­ing a long-run­ning ‘pro­tec­tion camp’ in a bid to pre­vent frack­ing from tak­ing place.

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