Anti-frackers appeal against convictions

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THREE environmental campaigners are appealing against heir convictions after being found guilty of aggravated trespass at a drilling site in Lancashire.

Lauren Pepperell, 26, Edward Lloyd-Davis, 38, and Barbara Cookson, 61, will appear before Preston Crown Court on January 8.

Pepperell, Cookson and Lloyd-Davis were convicted after they scaled a fracking rig on the Cuadrilla site at Banks.

Throughout their protest on November 2 2011 the campaigners hung a banner from the drilling rig and disrupted activity at the site.

The site had to be shut down at a cost of £20,000 to the company.

Lloyd-Davis was also convicted of assaulting a security guard after he grabbed his backpack.

Throughout the four day trial at Preston Magistrates Court, members of anti-fracking protest groups sat in the public gallery in support of Pepperell and Lloyd-Davis, of Rugby Place, Brighton, and Cookson, of Garrick Street, Liverpool.

District Judge Peter Ward noted their conduct throughout the trial had been respectful and without disobedience.

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