UPDATED: Protestors cause road closure in Kirby Misperton

Fracking protests earlier this week.
Fracking protests earlier this week.

Police have arrested three people at Kirby Misperton following road disruption and assault on police officer.

Two protestors who locked themselves together and lay in the middle of Habton Road causing it to be closed to traffic have been cut free by a specially-trained police team.

North Yorkshire Police said the two women were cut free at about 9.15am, and arrested on suspicion of obstructing the highway. Habton Road was re-opened a short time later.
Earlier, at 8.30am today, a 49-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, and obstructing a police officer, on Habton Road.

They remain in custody at this time.

This morning police said they were being forced to take action after protestors at the North Yorkshire fracking site locked themselves into a device and laid in the middle of the road this morning causing local traffic to be diverted.

Supt Alisdair Dey said: "The actions of these two people will cause significant disruption to the local community, particularly as people go to work or school this morning.

"It's challenging to balance the wishes of everyone at Kirby Misperton. However, once the balance has tipped from peaceful protest to deliberate acts that are unlawful and cause unreasonable disruption to local residents, then we have to take action."