Protesters scale Tower

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ANTI-fracking campaigners climbed 500 feet to hang two banners from Blackpool Tower to raising awareness of their fears over the controversial gas extraction method.

The Tower is five miles east of the first fracking test well in the UK operated by Cuadrilla Resources.

Climber Sami Jones said: “We hear a lot about energy shortages, but really we need to be investing in researching sustainable energy sources, rather than finding tiny pockets of non-renewable gas and destroying our planet in order to get to them.

“The UK fracking industry is in its infancy. We must act now if we are to stop it in its tracks. It’s bad for Lancashire, it’s bad for the UK and it’s bad for the planet.”

Fracking has been temporarily suspended at the Preese Hall test well after two small earthquakes which centred on the Fylde coast.

France, the states of New York and New Jersey, the Canadian province of Quebec and the Swiss canton of Fribourg have all recently banned fracking.