Four charged over anti-fracking protests in North Yorkshire

The planned site for fracking in Kirby Misperton
The planned site for fracking in Kirby Misperton

Four people have been charged over demonstrations against planned fracking in North Yorkshire.

A 23-year-old man, a 40-year-old woman, a 53-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman have been charged with obstructing a highway on Habton Road in the village of Kirby Misperton yesterday.

But other reasons given by the police for arrests, including one of the women being accused of "possessing a bladed article in a public place", have been dropped.

They will appear at York Magistrates Court next month.

Demonstrators have been involved with trying to prevent specialist equipment get onto a site run by firm Third Energy, which intends to start test work later this year on whether fracking will be commercially viable in the area.