Man charged with assaults after incident near North Yorkshire fracking site

Anti-fracking campaigners have staged numerous protests near Third Energy's site in Kirby Misperton over the past six months.

A man has been charged over assaults which took place during protests near Yorkshire's first approved fracking site.

North Yorkshire Police today said that the 65-year-old man had been charged with assaulting a police officer, common assault and obstructing the highway.

The alleged offences took place as protesters locked themselves into a metal device on Habton Road in Kirby Misperton on October 2 last year.

The village near Malton has been at the centre of anti-fracking demonstrations since Third Energy was granted approval in May 2016, but protest action has increased significantly since preparation work began on site late last summer.

A police spokesman said the man had been arrested at Gatwick Airport on Saturday.

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