Four charged over anti-fracking protests in North Yorkshire

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

The planned site for fracking in Kirby Misperton

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.

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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.