Lancashire

Preston New Road: Trespassing ban at fracking site

demonstrators at fracking rally
Image caption Protests have been held regularly near the Preston New Road site since work began in January

A court has banned trespassers from going on land being used for fracking in Lancashire.

The injunction relates to farmland at and surrounding Cuadrilla's shale gas exploration site at Preston New Road, near Little Plumpton, the firm said.

Cuadrilla and 10 farmers were granted the injunction, which will last until 31 August 2018, at Manchester High Court on Monday.

It follows national anti-fracking protests near the site in February.

About 250 people attended the rally and about 35 people broke through fencing into the site before they "left of their own accord", BBC Radio Lancashire reported.

Anti-fracking activists Tina Rothery and Ian Crane were named defendants on the injunction, Cuadrilla said.

An original injunction against trespass covering this land was granted in 2014 but it expired in October.

The government's approval for fracking at the Little Plumpton site is set to face a judicial review next week.

Cuadrilla has previously said drilling would start in the spring.

Image caption The Little Plumpton site at Preston New Road is situated between Blackpool and Preston

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