Protesters at Balcombe
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Balcombe oil drill protesters arrested

Sixteen people have been arrested as Sussex Police intervened in a protest against an oil company's plans to start drilling near a Sussex village.

Energy firm Cuadrilla wants to explore for oil near Balcombe, near Haywards Heath.

Protesters who fear the firm could also carry out hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, blockaded the site to prevent lorries from entering it. Cuadrilla said any further activity on its part would need fresh permission.

Yvette Austin spoke to Francis Egan, chief executive of Cuadrilla, protester Katy Dunn, and Supt Steve Whitton, of Sussex Police.

  • 26 Jul 2013