No protesters arrested

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It has been more than three weeks since protesters burst in and “illegally occupied” a building used by the company that wants to drill for shale gas on the Fylde coast – but police are yet to make a single arrest.

Around a dozen people forced their way into the Chamber of Commerce building, on Amy Johnson Way, last month.

Their three-hour occupation of the building, part of which is used by energy firm Cuadrilla, was watched by around 100 supporters as well as a number of police officers.

But police, who remained passive throughout, immediately launched an investigation into the incident, saying they were treating the incident as “aggravated trespass”.

Despite defending the decision not to intervene at the time by saying there was enough evidence to make arrests at a later date, police confirmed they have yet to do so.