Three charged after Lancashire fracking protest

Protesters scale a shale gas rig near Southport Image copyright PA
Image caption The shale gas rig, near Southport, is owned by Cuadrilla

Three people who took part in a protest over shale gas drilling in Lancashire have been charged.

The two women and a man climbed the rig, where tests for the controversial process known as fracking is taking place, last Thursday morning.

The came down almost 14 hours later at 21:00 GMT and were arrested by police.

The three, aged 23, 24 and 34 and all from Bristol, have been charged with aggravated trespass, Lancashire police said.

They are due to appear at Ormskirk Magistrates' Court on 20 December, along with a man and a woman charged over the protest last week.

The 40-year-old woman and 42-year-old man, both from Bristol, were charged with obstructing or disrupting a person engaged in a lawful activity.

Fracking is the process of drilling into hard shale rocks to release the gas.

Concerns have been raised that the process could contaminate water supplies and may cause small earth tremors.

Energy company Cuadrilla, which owns the rig at Banks, said it had "nothing to hide" about its operations.

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