Updated: Anti-fracking protestors locked to metal device on North Yorkshire road moved by police

Two people have locked themselves into a metal device this morning

Two people who locked themselves into a metal device on Kirby Misperton Road around 10am this morning have been moved.

A specialist police team moved the pair off the main road into the village at 11.30am.

Police said they were clear of the road, although still locked together.

It comes just days before the first fracking operation in six years could start.

Superintendent Alisdair Dey, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "I know that protest activity has had an effect on the local community, but I want to reassure everyone that we are doing all we can to make sure residents can go about their daily lives safely and without disruption."

Meanwhile three people who climbed up a rig at the frack site in Kirby Misperton at the weekend have been charged in connection with the incident.

A 29-year-old man who climbed down on Saturday afternoon has been charged with criminal damage and aggravated trespass.

A 28-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman who were brought down safely on Sunday morning have both been charged with criminal damage and hindering lawful work*.

They will appear in court in December.

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