ANTI-FRACKING demonstrators descended on Warrington today targeting Eddie Stobart’s premises off Winwick Road and at Stretton.
Police have confirmed that two protesters have been arrested for aggravated trespass.
The demonstrators say they are targeting Stobarts due to their links supplying fracking company Cuadrilla.
The protest brought traffic chaos on Winwick Road after protesters chain linked themselves on the premises. At Stretton a group of about 20 staged a slow march on the main public highway.
Protesters claim they prevented 100 vehicles leaving the depots.
Members of the Frack Off Extreme Energy Action network say the protests are aimed at highlighing the dangers of uncoventional gas extraction.
A Cheshire Police spokesperson said: “Cheshire police are aware of a protest currently taking place Hawleys Lane, Bewsey and Whitecross, Warrington.
“Officers gave the protesters a warning to leave. However, a failure to comply has led to the arrest of two men on suspicion of aggravated trespass.
“Our role is to impartially allow for peaceful protesting, while ensuring that others can continue in their legitimate business activities, or commuting. We will ensure access to emergency vehicles is maintained and try to keep disruption to a minimum.
A spokesperson for Eddie Stobart said: “We have a range of specialist equipment that we supply to the manufacturing, construction and related industries. Accordingly, one of our powder tankers recently carried out work on a site in Lancashire as part of our routine operations.”
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