Greater Manchester Police has revealed that nothing was found to suggest a flare fired at the police helicopter over the weekend came from the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp.
GMP, in a statement to the Salford Star, said that "During the searches nothing related to the flare incident was recovered".
Asked why it took from the early hours of Saturday until Monday morning to search the Camp following such a serious incident, GMP added "The investigation team needed to get a statement from the pilot of the helicopter before any action could be taken. Following this they also needed to gain authorisation to issue the warrants on the camp".
Campaigners at the site are furious that the Police suspected people from the Camp of the attack, as their protest methods are strictly non-violent – walking slowly, delivering `presents', and supergluing and locking themselves on to various gates, vehicles and concrete drums.
"The Barton Moss Protection Camp vehemently deny and object to the insinuation that we would endanger life, as is being suggested with wild accusations of `flare firing'" a Camp statement to GMP explained "We are a family oriented camp and we embrace not only family values but life values and the values of the Earth
"…We will not lower ourselves to your standards of bullying and intimidation! We are all human, we are all one, we are love" it adds "and we do not recognise your allegations."
Meanwhile, this morning at the Camp there have been more protests as two women lock themselves onto a car parked and immobilised at the entrance to the IGas exploratory drilling site.
"I have taken action today because from water contamination to air pollution and huge amounts of waste there are so many problems with fracking" said one of the locked on women "One third of the workforce comes directly from the USA and most of the rest will be contracted in from other parts of the UK meaning practically no jobs for local people."
Simone Jones, another anti-fracking protester at the site added "The USA has clearly demonstrated fracking is dangerous, destructive and devastates communities. Despite regulation this will also be the case in the UK.
"Only one well has been drilled and fracked here and it caused earthquakes that damaged the well, so gas and chemicals could leak out" he added "This was not reported to the Health and Safety executive for six months! We need clean, safe, affordable energy which can be achieved by renewables such as wind and solar owned by local communities."
See also previous Salford Star articles...
Three women lock on at IGas site entrance - click here
Salford Solidarity Day 12th January - click here