Fracking site road blocker fined

A pensioner blocked a major road in Lancashire during a protest against fracking.

Wednesday, 24th May 2017, 5:23 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:20 pm
Police at the Preston New Road fracking site

Barbara Cookson, 66, of Lawrence Grove, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to obstructing a highway.

She was fined £100 with £70 costs and ordered to pay £30 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor, Jim Mowbray, said Cookson was among a number of anti-fracking protesters walking very slowly across the A583 Preston New Road, Westby-with-Plumpton, opposite Cuadrilla’s shale gas site and obstructing the road on April 19.

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Cookson said she had been slow walking across the road and when police asked the protesters to stop she “went floppy” and officers arrested her.

She confirmed she had a criminal record involving two previous convictions for aggravated trespass and one previous conviction for assault which she acquired when she was involved in anti-fracking protests.