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Sheffield anti-fracking protestor jailed

October 2018

Update: The trio have been released in October as the sentences were criticised as too harsh. The justice secretary has been urged in Parliament to investigate whether the judge who jailed them followed official codes of conduct. He has family links to the fossil fuel industry, it was revealed. Watch the defiant video by these protesters (before the trial).

Sheffield anti-fracking protestor and soil scientist Simon ‘Roscoe’ Blevins has been jailed for 16 months, and two co-defendants were also imprisoned, all for peaceful protest action, climbing onto lorries taking drilling equipment into the fracking site at Preston New Road near Blackpool. After Lancashire County Council rejected the application to frack from Cuadrilla in June 2015, this was overturned by the then Communities Secretary (now Home Secretary) Sajid Javid.

They received wide support amongst local people while occupying the lorries and outside their court appearances.

They are believed to be the first environmental protestors to be imprisoned in the UK since the 1932 Right-to-Roam mass trespass on Kinder Scout. His partner, speaking to crowds in Barkers Pool at the Global Frackdown Carnival on 13th October, told of their shock, anger and determination.

Sheffield is surrounded by three drilling sites where anti-fracking protests continue, at Marsh Lane, Tinker Lane and Misson, all threatening further expansion of fossil fuel use and damage to the climate.

Sheffield Against Fracking

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