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Two more arrests at Balcombe anti-fracking protest

By East Grinstead Courier  |  Posted: August 03, 2013


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TWO people have been arrested on suspicion of assault at the anti-fracking protest in Balcombe.

Police officers made the arrests as a lorry was taken into the Cuadrilla drilling site on Friday afternoon (Aug 2).

A woman who said she was aged 14 allegedly punched and kicked an officer.

Police at the scene confirmed that the woman was in fact a 19-year-old from Portsmouth.

She has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

A 22-year-old man from Bexhill was also arrested on suspicion of assault after a police officer was hit in the face with a placard.

The two protesters are currently in custody.

Superintendent Lawrence Hobbs said: "My officers are there to allow protesters to safely and peacefully protest.

"We also need to uphold the right of the company to operate and bring their vehicles on to the site.

"The vast majority of the protesters feel very passionately about this issue and are protesting peacefully.

"If protestors do become violent they should understand that this is not acceptable and they will be arrested."

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