Day 5 (Mon 29th) Of Community Fracking Blockade In Balcombe Sussex
Fracking company Cuadrilla Resources are trying to start drilling in Balcombe, West Sussex and the community is trying to stop them. Over 250 people stopped 15 trucks bring on equipment on Day 1 (Thurs). On Day 2 more than 100 police were used to break the blockade and escort trucks onto the fracking site. On Day 3 the community continued to resist attempts to force trucks through the blockade but gave up early afternoon. On Day 4 Cudrilla did not attempt to bring any trucks onto the site. Camp is still going strong and renewed efforts are being made to defend Balcombe. See Fracking In Balcombe: A Community Says No for background to issues involved. Scroll down for photos.
Update (11:00pm): Day 6! of the blockade tomorrow. Come down and support the community tomorrow.
Update (3:30pm): Blockade growing, as is size of police escorts for fracking trucks. Come to Balcombe and lend your support!
Update (3:30pm): 3 more people arrested defending Sussex from fracking. Come support Balcombe!
Update (2:30pm): 4 arrests so far at the community blockade today. Come down and support the fight against fracking!
Update (2:05pm): 8 months pregnant local mother shoved out of way by police. Shame!
Update (2:00pm): Large police presence and getting more hostile. Come support the commnity
Update (1:00pm): Police trying to push trucks through the blockade again
Update (1:00pm): Trucks brought to a halt for the moment. Police discussing what to do. Come on down!
Update (10:30am): One person arrested at community fracking blockade in Balcombe. Come and support the community in the fight against fracking.
Update (10:15am): Trucks backing up in village. Waiting to try and break the blockade. Come down now!
Update (10:00am): Police trying to escort truck through community fracking blockade. Come support the community fighting fracking in Sussex!
Update (9:55am): Police massing to try to break through the community blockade. Come down if you can!
Update (9:40am): Trucks expected to start arriving soon. Come on down!
Update (8:00am): No trucks so far. Come down and support the community in the fight against fracking!