Arrested campaigners free to return to protest as police conditions ruled “unlawful”

DRILL OR DROP?

A group of anti-fracking campaigners arrested at the on-going demonstration outside Cuadrilla’s drilling site in Balcombe can return to the protest after successfully challenging “unlawful” bail conditions imposed by Sussex Police.

The eight men and six women had been prevented since their arrest in July from entering an exclusion zone of approximately 20 square miles, which included the exploration site at Lower Stumble.

At a hearing at Crawley Magistrates Court on Wednesday August 14th, Lydia Dagostino, representing 13 of the protestors, said the police had imposed a blanket ban on all people arrested at the site and had not taken individual circumstances into account. The bail conditions were therefore unlawful.

All 14 campaigners denied the charges against them. Frances Crack, 31, from Cardiff, Samantha Duncan, 29, from Brighton, Ezra Lynch, 31, from Lewes, Mark Mansbridge, 51, from Lewes, Richard Millar, 30, from Brighton, Justin Preece, 44, from Pontypridd, Nancy Walker…

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