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Protests expected over fracking

Protests expected over fracking

Published at 5:58pm 19th May 2016. (Updated at 10:40am 20th May 2016)

Police are issuing a warning ahead of a crunch meeting about fracking in North Yorkshire.

County councillors will consider a highly controversial application to drill for shale gas near Kirby Misperton.

A large number of protesters, both from the area and across the country, are expected to gather at County Hall in Northallerton.

Superintendent Dave Hannan, Head of Specialist Operations at North Yorkshire Police, said: "The police have a duty to facilitate lawful protest. This involves liaising with all sides of the issue, working with local authority partners to minimise disruption to residents and businesses, and generally keeping everyone safe.

"We fully understand that this is an emotive issue and passions are running high. We respect everyone's right to express their views.

"However, I want to make it clear from the outset that North Yorkshire Police will take appropriate action against those who break the law. We will not tolerate criminal behaviour and we will ensure public order is maintained."

North Yorkshire County Council will be providing a live YouTube video stream of the meeting at www.northyorks.gov.uk/shalegas

It will also publish updates via Twitter using the hashtag #nyshale and on Facebook.