Three jailed over Cuadrilla fracking protest 

Posted: September 27, 2018 by oldbrew in fracking, Legal, News
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A reminder that exceeding the permitted limits of protesting can have negative consequences for the protesters themselves as well.

Three protesters have been jailed for a causing a public nuisance after they climbed on to lorries outside a fracking site, reports Energy Voice.

The disruption at energy firm Cuadrilla’s base in Preston New Road in Little Plumpton, Lancashire, in July 2017 lasted just short of 100 hours as the campaigners refused to come down.

On Wednesday, Simon Blevins, 26, from Sheffield, and Richard Roberts, 36, of London, were both jailed for 16 months, while Rich Loizou, 31, from Devon, was jailed for 15 months.

A fourth defendant, Julian Brock, 47, from Torquay was sentenced to 12 months in custody, suspended for 18 months.

Sentencing at Preston Crown Court, Judge Robert Latham said that local residents and businesses had also suffered because of the disruption to the busy main road.

He said: “In this case the defendants caused costs and disruption to Cuadrilla but their other victims were the many members of public who were nothing to do with Cuadrilla… and were
viewed by these defendants as necessary and justified collateral damage.”

He said he expressed no view on fracking which was “not the business of the court”.

He also pointed out though it was “not a frivolous topic” and that environmental matters are to be taken seriously.

The sentences would have been “considerably longer” if they had not been committed against a background of protest, he continued.

However he felt he could not suspend the jail terms despite accepting the impact of incarceration and the good they did in the community.

Continued here.

From The Blackpool Gazette: Footage of them dancing to music and pretending to surf on top of the lorry cabs was played in court

  1. oldbrew says:

    More from The Blackpool Gazette report:

    The judge said the most “striking” evidence was that of an elderly disabled pensioner who relied on public transport and had to be dropped further from her home due to the traffic rerouting, taking her 90 minutes to struggle home.
    . . .
    The traffic on the A583, the main arterial road between Preston and Blackpool, which is used as a ‘blue light route’ by emergency services, was brought to a standstill in both directions.

    Read more at:

  2. tom0mason says:

    Surely all the protesters should have appeared in court and many more of them jailed. 😀

  3. cognog2 says:

    Driving offenders are required/invited to attend a course on the subject as rehabilitation process. Perhaps this maybe employed in these sort of circumstances. OK the nature of the course would be the subject of much debate; but this would be of interest to all.

  4. Graeme No.3 says:

    Do these people listen?

  5. Bitter@twisted says:

    It’s a start.
    Every last one of these ecofascists should be in clink.

  6. michael hart says:

    “The sentences would have been “considerably longer” if they had not been committed against a background of protest, he continued.”

    This is part of the problem. Even the judges seem to think that green crazies get special exemptions to break the law that are not extended to other criminals. If I rob a bank would I get a lighter sentence if I said I did it to protest about global warming?

  7. TomO says:

    michael hart

    they might try the enviro-“mental health” plea next time.

    They arrogantly pleaded not guilty – and the *jury* didn’t believe them – and it’s fairly clear that their attitude nettled the judge.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Imagine the uproar if the contractors had tipped a bucket of cold water over any of these self-important protesters.

  9. Mjw says:

    Are the police in Britain incapable of climbimg onto a truck and using Tasers?
    Don’t seem to have much trouble arresting, trying and gaoling journalists inside of 3 hours.