VIPs threaten to breach Fylde fracking injunction

Dame Vivienne Westwood with her son Joe Corre at an anti-fracking protest at 10 Downing Street
Dame Vivienne Westwood with her son Joe Corre at an anti-fracking protest at 10 Downing Street

A Baroness and a Dame are threatening to come to the Fylde and break a court injunction designed to prevent blockades in a deliberate protest against fracking.

Fashion designer, Dame Vivienne Westwood and the Green Party Peer, Baroness Jenny Jones say they will come to the Preston New Road drilling site next month in a bid to prevent shale gas firm Cuadrilla from carrying out its first fracking since the Preese Hall earth tremors.

Cuadrilla has also now applied for permission from the Government to start fracking at the second horizontal well at the site near Little Plumpton.

Earlier this summer it won an injunction which prevents anyone locking themselves together to block the entrance to the site, as well as trespassing and blockading the premises of suppliers to the site.

On July 24, six anti-fracking protesters locked themselves together outside the site entrance to challenge the injunction which protesters say is draconian and goes against human rights to protest peacefully.

Supporters of fracking have complained that lock-on protests prevent firms from going about their lawful business and disrupt the local roads system causing delays for motorists.

Baroness Jones said: “I’m a very law-abiding citizen until the law doesn’t make sense anymore. And while I wouldn’t advocate anyone breaking the law, I would be prepared to come up to Preston New Road and break the injunction because it is a misguided way to prevent protest.

"I wish everyone at Preston New Road a huge amount of luck and goodwill and I hope that if the injunction is broken Cuadrilla sees sense and doesn’t prosecute.”

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