Police reopen road near North Yorkshire fracking site after protesters cut out of 'lock on' devices

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The road leading to a fracking site in North Yorkshire has reopened after four people blocked the road by locking their arms into concrete and metal devices.

It was the latest in a series of protests carried out over the past two months at the entrance to Third Energy's site in Kirby Misperton, near Malton.

North Yorkshire Police said two pairs of people had laid down in the middle of the carriageway at different points on Habton Road from around 6.45am today.

Their actions caused the road to be blocked at both ends, with police saying it had affected a number of local businesses.

Superintendent Alisdair Dey, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "This has caused substantial disruption to the local community, including local businesses and people on their way to work and school.

"We understand that protest activity connected to hydraulic fracturing is now having a significant impact on the local community, and we are doing all we can to reduce that impact."

All four protesters were eventually cut free from the 'lock on' devices by police using specialist equipment and then arrested.

The road was then reopened to the traffic at around 1pm.

A force spokesman said: "Local officers have been active in Kirby Misperton and the surrounding villages this morning, and have been talking to the residents and businesses who were disrupted by the protest activity."