Business representatives have admitted concern after anti-fracking campaigners expressed confidence that a week of direct action against companies supplying Cuadrilla could help block the controversial industry in Lancashire.

National social and climate justice group Reclaim the Power has joined forces with local campaigners in direct action against businesses supplying the shale gas exploration company.

Campaigners claim seven businesses, including three cement companies, have already bowed to pressure and agreed to stop supplying Cuadrilla’s fracking site on Preston New Road.

Activist James Tomson said: “The local community in Lancashire has successfully resisted this for six years