The seventh week of protests at the Preston New Road fracking site near Blackpool began with further arrests of activists opposing shale gas exploration. Police say the number of arrests made at the site is around 30, generally for suspicion of offences under Section 14 of the Public Order Act.

The arrests on Monday 6 March came as some protesters appeared at Manchester’s High Court following a fresh application from exploration company Cuadrilla for an injunction outlawing public access to its Lancashire site.