Bid to block fracking protestors

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Farmers and gas exploration company Cuadrilla are taking legal action to ensure that anti-fracking protestors cannot return to occupy Lancashire farmland.

Fylde farmers, supported by Cuadrilla, have served a claim for possession against trespassers who have been illegally occupying farming land at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, since August 7.

The site – which is not one of Cuadrilla’s proposed exploration sites – formed a base for Reclaim the Power’s protest activity.

The claim details the detrimental impact that the illegal trespass has had on one affected farmer’s business and on his family.

This includes denying the dairy cattle the grazing they need as the occupation has allegedly taken over a third of the farm’s grazing land and resulted in lower milk yields.

The claimants have also asked the court to consider imposing injunctions so that no future trespass can take place on farmland at or near Cuardrilla’s proposed shale gas exploration sites.