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SALFORD LOCK ON AT BARTON MOSS AS IGAS TRUCKS DELAYED
 

Star date: 6th January 2014

THREE ANTI FRACKING CAMPAIGNERS LOCK ON TO CONCRETE DRUMS AND ARM TUBES

Lorries trying to deliver supplies to the IGas exploratory drilling site in Barton Moss have been delayed again this morning, as three women blocked the road by `locking on' to a complex system of arm tubes and large containers filled with concrete.

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Salford Lock On at Barton Moss Barton Moss Lock On Salford
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Lorries trying to deliver supplies to the IGas exploratory drilling site in Barton Moss have been held up yet again this morning as three women blocked Barton Moss Road by attaching themselves to each other using steel arm tubes and vegetable oil drums filled with concrete.

The three-women `lock-on' is the latest in a series of imaginative protests aimed at holding up preparations on the site for testing out levels of coal bed methane and shale gas. The bigger the delay, the more it costs the drilling company IGas – to a point where campaigners hope it would be uneconomical to continue.

IGas was continuing to construct its drilling rig over the weekend on a site by the M62 which horrified local resident Sara Cooper of Irlam

"Seeing that monstrous contraption go up, so close to the motorway, over the weekend, really brought home what they are going to do here" she said "We have to stop this, if it means putting ourselves in the way then that is what we will have to do. These women are so brave. I think they will inspire more people to stop this."

Police are currently trying to free the women and, apparently searching tents at the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp…

UPDATE: Monday January 6th 4pm

Police searching tents at the Barton Moss Camp claimed that they were looking for evidence after a flare was fired at the police helicopter. This is a claim hotly disputed by protectors at the Camp and spokespeople from Frack Free Greater Manchester

"No flare was fired from this camp on Saturday or any other day" says Sacha Conway who is currently living at the camp "We would condemn any such action as aggressive, violent and in breach of our very strict safe spaces policy. We are peaceful people who wish to stop the destruction of this land by IGas and all of the other fracking companies."

"The only violence that we have seen has been conducted by Greater Manchester Police" he added "This is just an excuse to search our through our property and gather evidence."

"We refute this claim" says Rachel Thompson from Frack Free Greater Manchester "Greater Manchester Police have refused to show any evidence of this alleged incident. The behaviour of Greater Manchester Police has been outrageous throughout this whole campaign. In our eyes this is just another aggressive tactic aimed at isolating the camp from the community and to put them in a bad light.

'We have asked for a meeting with the Police Commissioner, Tony Lloyd to discuss the disgusting behaviour of his officers and have been refused" she adds "This matter is now with our lawyers but we wish to make it clear that we stand by Barton Moss Community Protection Camp and we call for an inquiry into this alleged incident."

Meanwhile police took several hours to free and remove the three women who locked themselves together in the road this morning, and there are reports of three more arrests during today's protests.

This morning Greater Manchester Police put out the following press release...

Police are currently executing a search warrant on Barton Moss Road following an incident in which a flare was fired at the police helicopter. At about 12.15am on Saturday 4 January 2014 a flare was fired directly into the approach path of the helicopter as it came into land at Barton airfield. The aircrew have confirmed that it appeared to come from the site of the nearby protest camp.

Chief Superintendent Mark Roberts said: "This is was an unbelievably stupid act of criminality which was extremely dangerous, not only for the police helicopter, but all other aircraft that use the nearby Barton airfields and the wider public.

"Had this flare caused an emergency situation it would not only have been catastrophic for the aircraft and its crew but potentially for numerous homes near the airfield, the M62 motorway and a children's residential facility.

"The protest camp appears to be a tight knit group who seem to be continually filming anything occurring on Barton Moss Road. If one of the protestors is responsible, I suspect their identity will be known to others and I would expect those reasonable members of the anti-fracking campaign to provide any information they have to the police.

"An attack on the police of this nature has nothing whatsoever to do with whether or not exploratory drilling is right or wrong. Whilst I recognise the genuine concerns of many of the protesters in relation to exploratory drilling, it is obvious that there is also an element of regular protesters from outside the Greater Manchester area who seem more interested in seeking confrontation with the police.

"GMP continue to balance facilitating peaceful protest with the rights of others to go about their lawful business, whilst minimising disruption to the local community and businesses. Because of the way the camp is set up we have to systematically search the site under a warrant issued by a local court.

"We will attempt to facilitate this through dialogue with protesters but we have to take all reasonable steps to ensure there is no repeat of this action near to the airfield and that we identify those responsible. We have therefore had no option but to carry out this action.

"We are very grateful to the residents of nearby communities, who are well aware of the need for safety at the airfield, for their ongoing patience with regards to this matter."

See also previous article – Salford Solidarity Day 12th January and Salford Council Protest 15th January – click here

Photos courtesy of Frack Free Greater Manchester

The Truth wrote
at 16:31:54 on 09 January 2014
See comments at the bottom of this article. Members of the protest camp at Barton Moss admit that the flare was fired from the camp and that they knew about it. Especially note the comment from Ms Rachel Thompson! http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2014/01/514618.html?c=on
 
Itel wrote
at 16:32:01 on 07 January 2014
The time will soon come when police constables of all ranks everywhere will have to make a choice - uphold the law which is designed to protect life and property or protect the interests of corporations which care not a jot for we, the people. Greater Manchester Police - it may appear you have already made the choice to ignore oath and act as a private security force for corporations. Or may be you are just "doing as you are told", not yet being aware you have a choice?
 
Richard Barbour wrote
at 16:31:15 on 07 January 2014
If you check Dunn & Bradstreets website you will see that all Police Forces are private companies. As are the courts and everything else in the country. What we are really dealing with in this country and worldwide is corporate fascism. Do any of these enforcers look at the evidence from other countries about the disastrous consequences of fracking(Agenda 21 anyone). The same Police have to drink the same water/breath the same air as we do. Not forgetting the home grown food. What will they tell their sick children when they are suffering from methane poisoning? When they themselves can't sell their homes if they want to move somewhere else due to geological instability caused by fracking. It's all fracknroll to them!!! Why are our council taxes being used to fund what are in reality private Para Military Armies? Bottom line again is the population of this country are expendable as long as there is a profit to be made. Isn't that right Gideon Osbourne(chancellors real name)
 
Bernard Brough wrote
at 16:30:35 on 07 January 2014
Do the police have evidence that a flare was fired at a helicopter either from the camp or from anywhere? I mean they do have track record of playing with the truth.
 
Intheknow wrote
at 10:23:35 on 07 January 2014
@Jason, there is no YOI on Barton Moss what you refer to actually is one of 10 secure children’s care homes throughout England, they are what is commonly known as "secure local authority accommodation" so yes there are kids in there they can be sent there from the age of 10, that to me is a child. Don't just take my word for it have a read for yourself, note how most of the CHILDREN in there will have special needs. http://www.securechildrenshomes.org.uk/barton-moss/
 
Salford Star wrote
at 10:22:46 on 07 January 2014
See the end's comment below - we take it you can read? Obviously not! If you don't like the Star, do one and go comment on your own website.
 
the end wrote
at 10:20:02 on 07 January 2014
Boo hoo, just a bunch of professional protestors, GMP are doing their job, beat then harder next time. supprisingly the Salford Star dont mention the flare incident. A bunch of lefty wankers who never print anything good about Salford. no wonder you cant get the funding to print your one sided drivel
 
diane steels wrote
at 19:04:23 on 06 January 2014
As a resident at the Barton Moss camp I would like to express my sheer horror at the disgraceful behaviour by the GMP today before the raid on our tents we had been herded like cattle down the lane often being pushed and every step of the way had officers screaming and shouting at us we were walking faster than usual anyway this constant bullying cannot and will not be tolerated for much longer. The search of our tents and camp facilities including our compost toilet yielded nothing as expected we are peaceful protectors and would not put lives at risk by throwing any thing let alone a flare which could have possibly cost lives if such an incident really did occur which I doubt I was on camp at the alleged time of incident and heard nothing. Why can GMP not release the footage they have camp under surveillance from all angles via CCTV and police vehicles pass through camp throughout the night at regular intervals there are police vans or cars parked at the igas gates most nights just doing nothing but guarding the igas compound surely they should have private security for this not taxpayers money spent? The searches were conducted with no respect for our property just dumping it on the muddy verge sleeping bags left in the rain is this really fair? The media coverage today showed the GMP for what they are bully boys. We will not be intimidated into leaving for every person taken two more will take their place. If by arresting and imposing bail conditions on people so the camp diminishes is their aim think again its not going to happen we are united all over the world to stop Fracking we will fight you in peace every step of the way.
 
Jason wrote
at 19:02:42 on 06 January 2014
I believe the statement given by the camp as true and honest and not at all Biased. But what a load of tosh from the chief superintendent. Its not worthy mentioning his name, "The Children's Residential facility" is actually Titled this according to Salford City Council Website Salford also has one Young Offenders Institution; Barton Moss Young Offenders Unit located on Barton Moss Road, in Eccles. A young offenders institute is for offenders aged between 18 and 20 years old although generally they are regarded as such until the date of their 21st or 22nd birthday. I do believe that other description from the Chief was over sensationalising and not fair as may be misconstrued that its a Children's residential Facility to gather support from the local residents with the word CHILDREN in it. I do believe though on the serious side of things it could of been a catastrophe. Also isn't having a major GAS rig which is only about 30feet away or so> Now that is a pretty damn Massive Catastrophe in the making and that isn't over sensationalising at it's worst. So as to that statement it is very opinionated and Biased towards corporatism and Greed.
 
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