Police “misused” fire service to end N Yorks fracking protest – Fire Brigades Union

Police abusing the other emergency services to facilitate the fracking industry – disgraceful waste of taxpayers money and putting other people at risk by tying up an essential piece of emergency equipment.

Police “misused” fire service to end N. Yorks fracking protest – Fire Brigades Union


The Fire Brigades Union has accused North Yorkshire Police of making a “nuisance call” when it requested fire service help at an anti-fracking protest at Kirby Misperton.

A fire engine with hydraulic platform was requested on Monday (2 October 2017) to extract a protester from a small wooden tower on the verge outside the gate to Third Energy’s gas site at Kirby Misperton. A specialist police team used the equipment to bring the protester down. DrillOrDrop report

The Fire Brigade Union’s North Yorkshire branch secretary, Steve Howley, told DrillOrDrop today:

“I think the police should not have used us in that manner. I think it was a misuse of fire service resources. It was a false alarm.

“We are often talking about nuisance calls. This was a nuisance call on the behalf of the police. We should not have been there.”

Read the full article in Drill or Drop here:

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