Support In Court

Please show solidarity in court with Lancashire anti-fracking defendants.

Credit: Kristian Buus

Over the coming months, more and more Lancashire anti-fracking campaigners arrested at Preston New Road face trials at Magistrates Courts around the north west of England.

Even for experienced activists, appearing in court is nerve-wracking and many defendants from Lancashire are facing a hearing for the first time. All would welcome as much solidarity as possible, with supporters in the public gallery to witness proceedings.

However, local campaign groups have said they recognise the risk that drawing a significant number of Protectors away from the frontline on Preston New Road to attend court may make it easier for Cuadrilla to beat the blockade without sufficient opposition on site.

They need others to step forward and offer court solidarity – can you help?

Verdicts in magistrates’ court cases are not officially published and are often difficult to monitor. Rather than give more work to busy solicitors defending Lancashire campaigners, if you are attending court you can help Netpol member organisation Legal Defence and Monitoring Group to keep track on the verdicts in trials by sending them an update at

The following are dates when court cases have been listed, with the venues where hearings are taking place. Please come along at 9.30am (unless otherwise indicated) and show your support.

We will update this list as new court dates are announced or if charges are dropped.

Civic Centre, Chapel Street, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 5DQ

5th, 6th, 7th Feb

13 February – In July 2017 four Lancaster protestors staged a very successful lock on at Preston New Road. They will be in court in Blackpool on 13/2/18 (and possibly 14/2/18 too). We want maximum support and solidarity there on the day. Bring your friends, banners, flags, whistles. Send solidarity messages to be read out if you cant get there.

17th Feb  Protectors car lock on from 14th July

21st-28th Feb Anti Nukes car and Bristol crew tubes from 5th July

21st / 23rd March

Lawson St, Preston PR1 2QT

19th Feb Preston Sheffield Notts crew from 20th July.

How To Contact Us
The Community Hub
Maple Farm
Preston New Road Lancashire

How to find us


Important: Information on this site is presented in good faith and is as accurate as I can make it. All images are copyrighted to their respective owners. E&OE. I you have any questions please contact us using the details provided.