Anti-frack pair face court over road block

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Two anti-fracking protestors accused of blocking a main road have had the first hearing of their case at court.

Louise Hammond and Natalie Middleton are alleged to have obstructed Preston New Road at the Cuadrilla shale gas fracking site.

During the protest it is alleged an emergency ambulance was prevented from travelling at speed and had to stop several times.

Hammond, 53, formerly of the Blackpool Protection Camp, Whitehills Retail Park, Blackpool, now living at Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire, and Natalie Middleton, 32, of Water Street, Chorley, are accused of wilfully obstructing the free passage along a highway on January 27 this year.

Hammond was bailed to May 11 for trial. Middleton’s case was adjourned.

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