Caroline Lucas with supporters and co-defendants
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Anti-fracking protest: Caroline Lucas cleared

17 April 2014 Last updated at 15:38 BST

The Green MP Caroline Lucas and four other defendants have been cleared of public order offences during an anti-fracking protest in August last year.

Ms Lucas was among a group of protesters who were arrested outside an exploratory drilling site at Balcombe in West Sussex.

Speaking outside Brighton Magistrates' Court, Ms Lucas said protest was the lifeblood of democracy.