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AMAZING BARTON MOSS ANTI FRACKING VICTORY AS IGAS LORRIES TURN BACK
 

Star date: 13th February 2014

IGAS LORRIES BLOCKED ALL DAY BY CAMPAIGNERS

For the first time since the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp was set up in November the iGas lorries failed to deliver to the exploratory drilling site after an eight hour stand off with protectors.

Following the District Judge ruling yesterday that Barton Moss is a public footpath rather than a highway, police appeared powerless to force back campaigners to allow the lorries through.

Full details here…


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Protectors and their children sang, drummed, held tea parties and clapped all day at the entrance to Barton Moss Road as seven iGas delivery lorries were backed up on Liverpool Road unable to move up the lane to the exploratory drilling site.

Yesterday's District Judge ruling in Manchester Magistrates Court that Barton Moss Road was a public footpath rather than a highway meant that Greater Manchester Police couldn't charge anyone for blocking it (see this morning's Salford Star article – click here).

Seven lorries arrived at 9am this morning only to be met by protectors sat on chairs at the entrance to Barton Moss Road, carefully positioned not to block cars, small vans and pedestrians from having access. However, one giant orange lorry in the lead of the convoy couldn't get passed and was marooned all day, with the other six lorries queued up on Liverpool Road.

Greater Manchester Police negotiated with campaigners to allow the orange lorry access, and, at around 1:30pm, after it had had been stationary for over four hours, it was able to drive down Barton Moss Road, with a few protectors walking it slowly to the gates, watched by less than half a dozen police officers and evidence gatherers.

The journey to the gates of the iGas site took around an hour – but as the lorry got to the entrance a campaigner lay down in front of it, delaying the delivery even further. Eventually he was dragged off the road for a `Stop and Search' after police accused him of being in possession of `a lock' which was never found.

Back at the entrance to Barton Moss Road the stand off with the remaining six lorries continued until around 5pm, when they finally gave up and drove away from the site with the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp proclaiming a massive victory. This was the first time that Greater Manchester Police had not been able to guarantee access for the iGas lorries.

Now protectors are waiting to see the police reaction in the days to come and whether the District Judge ruling will mean more delays and frustration for iGas.

Main photo shows Salfordian baby enjoying her day at the entrance to Barton Moss Road

John Smith wrote
at 13:53:32 on 17 February 2014
Absolutely Disgusted at how the police are treating people here. Not to hark back to the 2011 riots as that was disgusting too but that then showed that people could get together quickly, what would GMP do if 10,000 people just descended onto Barton ? Don't think they would be too bold with there Police Brutality then would they ? Tables would certainly be turned.. Just a thought eh people.........
 
Janice Holden wrote
at 19:44:07 on 15 February 2014
As a born and bred Salfordian living in Wales for many years now I am delighted to have found some useful coverage of the Barton Moss situation. I used to read the MEN and Salford City Reporter when I lived at home so this is the first I have read here. What a breath of fresh air! After having read a deliberately biased pro police article in the MEN in January I won`t go there again. Salford citizens should be demanding unbiased reporting from their local media. And here we get it. Good job well done you guys.
 
local wrote
at 19:43:30 on 15 February 2014
Should we now be asking, why the police where not doing there duties by stopping the trucks themselves ?
 
EM3 wrote
at 19:43:24 on 15 February 2014
Victory in sight!!
 
Kenneth w mckelvey wrote
at 07:41:54 on 15 February 2014
Chaz it is not only on fracking that the news it not getting to the public at large / There are protest marches on the Bed Tax/ privatisation of Our NHS/ Student protests / Police Brutality / Etc none of them getting the Air Time they justly Deserve/ Are we going back to Thatchers cover ups /No News Is Good News/ Why we have to pay the BBC just to reiterate Tory Bullshit and Propaganda is beyond my comprehension/This Fracking is dangerous not only to this generation but to generations to come The people on the Moss deserve all our thanks/If it was not for them this Filth of a Government would poison the lot of us/ As long as they get their pounds of our flesh for the blood money they invest they could not give two ducks for the Welfare of our Children or our Children's Children ( FACT)
 
linda Davies wrote
at 13:08:44 on 14 February 2014
A big thank you to the Salford Star who have covered this issue more than any of the other media . So Thank you <3
 
Chaz wrote
at 13:08:26 on 14 February 2014
ANYONE ELSE NOTICED THE NATIONAL NEWS BLACKOUT on what is after all an amazing story of NATIONAL IMPORTANCE featuring MAJOR AND MASS ILLEGALITY by one of Britains largest "police" forces. People of Salford, don't let this happen, shout it from the bloody rooftops, get it to the point where they just CAN'T ignore it
 
Paul Smyth wrote
at 13:07:23 on 14 February 2014
I think it's time to put pressure on Peter Fahy, GMP Chief Constable, to release a statement on what action will be taken against iGas for deliberately and wilfully driving lorries on a public footpath along with a bill for damage caused. He also needs to be called to account for the behaviour of his officers.
 
John wrote
at 09:42:58 on 14 February 2014
This might be useful Anyone who drives a motor vehicle on a footpath, bridleway or restricted byway without permission is committing an offence. This does not apply if the driver stays within 15 yards of the road, only goes on the path to park and does not obstruct the right of passage. The owner of the land however, can still order vehicles off, even within 15 yards of the road. Races or speed trials on paths are forbidden. Permission for other types of trials on paths may be sought from the local authority, if the landowner consents.
 
John wrote
at 09:42:54 on 14 February 2014
Is it now time for the tables to be turned against GMP and everyone arrested, take class action and shame the f**kers, sue them and get an inquiry started into their conduct
 
ian thom wrote
at 07:02:23 on 14 February 2014
so very pleased, thank you all for the magnificent efforts :)
 
Dorothy Baker wrote
at 07:02:14 on 14 February 2014
It is my understanding that it is illegal to drive any motor vehicle on a footpath, so surely the Igas lorry drivers are breaking the law and should by arrested.
 
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