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WATCH: Anti-fracking demo outside Barclays in Harrogate

Published at 11:37am 26th October 2016. (Updated at 1:20pm 26th October 2016)

Anti-fracking campaigners have been gathering outside the Harrogate branch of Barclays.

They want the bank to give up ownership of Third Energy, the company which wants to frack at Kirby Misperton.

The campaign, which is part of a week of action, aims to put pressure on the bank and persuade account holders to move their money.

Brian Appleby, Chairman of Frack Free Harrogate District, who were joined by members of the Green Party and Friends of the Earth, said: "Barclays are involved in fossil fuel companies throughout the world and it's time that they pulled out. The fossil fuel age is coming to an end."

On the implications for North Yorkshire, he added: "This is a small country, heavily populated and we haven't got vast areas to develop in this way.

"Quite apart from the climate implications, we face the sheer mess of industrialisation of virtually the whole area from Whitby, Scarborough right across to Blackpool."

Fracking protest outside Barclays

Other anti-fracking protests have been taking place outside other branches in North Yorkshire this week.

In York, a mother and daughter were asked to leave their local branch of Barclays after carrying in a sofa and setting up home there. (Picture: Minster FM)

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In Malton, protesters dressed up as witches (Video: Minster FM)

 

A planning application to carry out hydraulic fracturing at Kirby Misperton is currently been challenged in a judicial review due to be heard at the High Court in November.

A spokesperson for Barclays said: "Through Global Natural Resources Investments, Barclays has a majority stake in Third Energy: a British business with a history of investment and good corporate citizenship in North Yorkshire.

"Third Energy has been drilling, developing and producing gas in the region for over 20 years, with an excellent environmental and safety record.

"We are conscious of the concerns of local communities and other groups over potential environmental and community impacts, which we take seriously and will continue to monitor.

"We have worked closely with Third Energy to ensure their plans are compatible with our values."