Anti-fracking campaigners vow to fight court’s ruling

In dispute: The protesters' camp in Little Plumpton, Lancashire
In dispute: The protesters' camp in Little Plumpton, Lancashire
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Protesters have vowed to battle to overturn a court injunction stopping anti-fracking campaigners from camping out on Lancashire farming land.

Gas exploration company Cuadrilla won an interim court injunction in Manchester High Court on Thursday.

A judge upheld a claim submitted by local farmers and Cuadrilla for possession against trespassers who had been illegally occupying farmland at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton.

The court has also imposed an interim injunction so that no future trespass can take place on farmland at and surrounding Cuadrilla’s two proposed shale gas exploration sites.

But the injunction will be assessed again in October .

Anti-fracking protester Tina Rothery, of Residents’ Action on Fylde Fracking, said Cuadrilla’s future demands went too far. Ms Rothery said Cuadrilla’a action amounted to “preventing the rest of the world from objecting to fracking.”

She, protesters from No Dash For Gas and others had opposed the gas exploration company’s court action.

Ms Rothery said: “We have been given more time and I think we will win. This is an affront to civil liberties.”

Protester Julie Daniels, of Blackpool, said: “We are happy that the Judge granted the adjournment we requested as it provides the time required to look more closely into the claims made in documents presented to the court.”

Protesters camped on private land as part of a demonstration against Cuadrilla’s plans to “frack” at sites in Rosecare and Little Plumpton.

They have now moved on – but further protests are expected if Lancashire County Council approves the applications in the coming months.