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Anti-fracking protestors occupy Blackpool buildings

Anti-fracking protestors gather outside the Cuadrilla offices in Blackpool, to protest. PICTURE: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Anti-fracking protestors gather outside the Cuadrilla offices in Blackpool, to protest. PICTURE: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A group of anti-fracking protesters occupied a building used by energy firm Cuadrilla and a Blackpool town centre bank.

Around 10 people from the Reclaim the Power camp on the Fylde coast barged into the branch of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, on Amy Johnson Way, South Shore, at around lunchtime on Monday.

They did not gain access to the upper floor, where energy firm Cuadrilla has its Lancashire base, as they had hoped to do.

Around 100 supporters were also outside the building, chanting and singing, to show their support.

Several workers inside the building were allowed to leave while peaceful protest takes place, blocking access to the office upstairs used by Cuadrilla.

A spokesman for the protesters said they will stay “as long as it takes”.

And another 13 protestors set up stall in HSBC on Birley Street, Blackpool, laying in the atrium of the bank and talking to customers about fracking, from 2.30pm on Monday.

They left at 3.30pm when the bank closed.

Police officers watched the protesters at both sites, but have not intervened.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We are aware of the protest at the Chamber of Commerce offices and we had a number of police officers at the scene. We are monitoring the situation.”

For full story see Tuesday’s Gazette.

 
 
 

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