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Walkington woman arrested at protest site

Sarah Hockey, third from left, with, from left, Samantha Atkins, Thomas Burke and Richard Howarth.

Sarah Hockey, third from left, with, from left, Samantha Atkins, Thomas Burke and Richard Howarth.

A Walkington woman has been arrested during an anti-fracking protest at an oil and gas exploration site near her home.

Sarah Hockey, 43, is the first person from the village to be arrested at the Crawberry Hill site, less than a mile from her home on Ferguson Road, where scientific exploration is taking place into the possibilities of extracting oil and gas from underground formations.

Appearing at Beverley Magistrates’ Court, she pleaded not guilty to a charge of wilfully obstructing the highway on August 2 this year.

Also appearing in dock on the same charge and pleading not guilty were Richard Howarth, 38, of Inglemire Avenue, Hull, Thomas Burke, 53, of Oldham, and Samantha Atkins, 47, of Keighley.

Atkins also pleaded not guilty to obstructing a constable in the execution of duty.

A further defendent, Christopher Ryden, 27, of North Cotes, Grimsby, told the court he did not wish to enter a plea to a charge of obstructing the highway.

All defendants were released on unconditional bail until November 20 when they will face a trial which is expected to last around three days.

District Judge Andrew Pascoe told them that if they failed to attend on that date, the trial could go ahead without them.

 

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