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BARTON MOSS ANNE WINS OBSERVER LOCAL HERO AWARD
 

Star date: 13th June 2014

SALFORD ANTI FRACKING HERO ANNE WINS ETHICAL AWARD

"She's acting out of altruism, a concern not for herself but for future generations" Natalie Bennett Green Party Leader

82 year old Anne Power became an anti-fracking fixture throughout the winter at Barton Moss, turning up in all weather to lead the line of fractivists slow walking lorries to and from the IGas exploratory drilling site.

This week Anne became the Observer Ethical Awards Local Hero…

Full details here…


ANNE POWER WINS LOCAL HERO AWARD ANNE POWER WINS LOCAL HERO AWARD ANNE POWER WINS LOCAL HERO AWARD
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Despite being 82 years old, Anne Power, from Chorlton, turned up at the Barton Moss anti-fracking protests in Salford virtually every day during freezing weather and during much police intimidation.

Last December, after some particularly aggressive policing by the Greater Manchester Police Tactical Aid Unit, Anne told the Salford Star "There's definitely loads more police than were needed. I didn't feel threatened, although I certainly did last week when they were pushing right in my back all the way.

"I'm a Green Party member and we are the only political party that is totally against fracking" she added "It's yet another con by the rich on the poor, destroying the whole environment. It's totally outrageous because it's backed by the Government in secret. They're rushing it through, selling off England because they don't care. There was one of them on the tv, gloating because the whole North West was ripe for fracking."

This week Anne won the Local Hero Award at the Observer Ethical Awards, based on readers' votes, and Green Party Leader, Natalie Bennett, paid tribute to the Barton Moss favourite…

"I'd like to congratulate Anne on this well-deserved recognition" she said "She's been a stalwart of the anti-fracking movement, on the front line day after day, and I've seen first-hand how her passion and commitment to the cause is inspiring many others of all ages.

"She's acting out of altruism, a concern not for herself but for future generations, and that model of dedication is one that we must celebrate and encourage."

As well as being distinctive on the protests, carrying her Green Party flag or anti-fracking placard and walking stick, Anne helped to clear up the Barton Moss Camp when the current protest ended, and has since been present at the subsequent court cases.

• Meanwhile this week, the Crown Prosecution Service discontinued cases, dropped cases or the defendant was found not guilty in a variety of charges against another eight protectors. Earlier this week, four involved with the Big Orange Bus protest last December (see previous Salford Star article – click here) were found guilty of obstructing an inspector in the execution of his duty and fined an extortionate £915 each with a six month conditional discharge. This now brings the total of Barton Moss cases dropped, dismissed or the defendants found not guilty to 31, with a mere seven successful prosecutions.

Photo by Steven Speed

Oliver Tickell wrote
at 19:49:24 on 24 June 2014
I just used your great photo here on The Ecologist - full credits given: Fracking - you are not important by Paul Mobbs. http://bit.ly/1jKM1Wg . Thanks!
 
Seb Mel. wrote
at 06:53:47 on 18 June 2014
Thanks for running this. In spite of being emminently media-friendly (All that you could ask of from a 'Battling Granny' -but tought and incredibly informed and principled too), Anne has been recognised as top national 'Local Hero' ... and yet this has been entirely un-mentioned in the Local (Manchester and Lancashire) press. So, if anyone ever wants to drop a line to ANY of the local media asking why they don't want to do a story about an inspirational and nationally acclaimed Local Hero. We NEED to talk about fracking - and talking about Anne is a great way to start.
 
Kim wrote
at 12:40:31 on 17 June 2014
Yes I too am awaiting Lloyds long overdue 'independent' cover up report . It should be printed in Salford councils propaganda rag Strife in Salford , with all the other bullshit .
 
PMSL wrote
at 04:13:19 on 17 June 2014
So ! Whats happened to that clown Lloyds ' independent ' investigation then ? Run out of crayons ? Too busy milking the taxpayers with his mate Sewerat ? PMSL.
 
Sophie wrote
at 23:25:07 on 15 June 2014
Anne Power is a total inspiration, as were many of the people down on the moss. Turning up day after day despite the best efforts of GMP to frighten and intimidate people into giving up. Well that was never going to happen. Thank you yet again to Salford Star not only for reporting this but also for being there to document and photograph what happened on that footpath - a vital job. Well done Anne, you're a total star.
 
wrote
at 05:02:11 on 15 June 2014
Met this lady at Barton moss she is just a wonderful person and I am really glad I met Anne she such a character. This lady came to Barton moss and would never give up ,not even by the police she carried on protesting . For a lady of her age Anne goes everywhere she can to support against fracking-- slow walks down Barton -- Manchester march- Blackpool etc - always be there if she can. Anne Powers deserves this award - as do the whole of Barton moss camp protesters - met some realy wonderful people at Barton moss and rightly so the award goes to show that maybe we can fight against fracking at Barton moss -- against fracking anywhere in the UK.
 
Deb Kay wrote
at 05:01:28 on 15 June 2014
I would like to thank boths Steves for the reports and pictures on Barton moss they both continued to stay and report the goings on there, without these 2 guys never would Barton moss been reported but these 2 guys had the bottle to do it. So myself I would like to say BIG THANKYOU GUYS XX
 
diane steels wrote
at 17:24:02 on 13 June 2014
What an honour indeed to have 3 anti frackers shortlisted in various categories. To have Anne win was a win for us all we Barton Moss Protectors certainly didn't mind being runners up in the least. I was proud to go with Anne and see her win. Thanks so much for all your votes and support we had a great time once again spreading the word whilst we were there we made some very good contacts for future. This is proving the country are certainly waking up to the atrocities of fracking. Again thanks to all who voted for us and the continued support of the lovely people of Salford. Namaste.
 
wrote
at 17:23:55 on 13 June 2014
Well done for a magnificent effort , Anne . Perhaps Lloyd can explain ' altruism ' to the GMP thugs . Unless he's too busy sharpening his pencil to scrawl his long-awaited ' independent ' report .
 
will latham wrote
at 16:50:03 on 13 June 2014
After watching Balcombe events being streamed live I became aware of Barton late but this is my part of the world and these are my kind of people not all that different from those from the east side of Manchester like myself.I recall the wartime spirit of resilience and nobody exemplifies that more than Anne Power.
 
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