Anti-fracking protesters found guilty of blocking road.

A dozen anti-fracking prostesters have been found guilty of wilfully obstructing a main road .

Thursday, 7th December 2017, 10:15 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:05 pm
The Preston New Road fracking site where the protesters gathered

The 12 were convicted after a three-day hearing at Blackpool Magistrates Court. They had all pleaded not guilty to obstructing the A583 outside the site entrance to Cuadrilla’s gas exploration site.

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District Judge Jim Clarke sentenced them all to a nine month conditional discharge and ordered them each to pay £170 costs.

The 12 were arrested after they had “locked on” during a day long protest on May 8 this year.

The defendants were: Robert Dennett, 70, of Forest Drive, Lytham; Darren Dennett, 37, of Forest Drive, Lytham; Graham Holin, 49, of Kirby Misperton, North Yorks; Tamla Hunter, 40. of Albert Street, Manchester; Jak Leith, 50, of Halifax, West Yorkshire; Adam Loughlin, 26, of Haig Road, Blackpool; Kate McCann 44; Ellie Stanton, 24,Mark Taylor, 43, Christopher Wilson, 56, Craig Wilson, 42, and Gerard Burke, 56, all of Kirby Misperton.