Crawberry Hill anti-fracking protester arrested

Entrance to the site at Crawberry Hill Protesters have erected a tower at the site

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A man has been arrested at a protest camp where a firm hopes to prospect for gas or oil.

Anti-fracking campaigners have built a wooden tower at Rathlin Energy's site at Walkington, East Yorkshire.

Officers were sent "to allow peaceful protest and for lawful business... to take place" and one man was in police custody, Humberside Police said.

A dozen officers arrived before two lorries entered the site at Crawberry Hill at about 11:00 GMT.

The vehicles successfully entered in front of about 20-30 protesters and the man was arrested, the BBC's Jo Makel said.

A female protester also alleged she was assaulted by an officer, she added.

The police then left the site.

Eviction deadline passed

In July a judge said protestors must remove the wooden tower when Rathlin and the landowner went to the High Court, in London.

Protesters moved the tower to a new location on the roadside.

A man is put into a police van The police said their presence was for "lawful business to take place"

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council got an eviction order in December instructing the protesters to remove their camp of wooden buildings and tents within 35 days. That deadline has now passed.

The company began to drill at Crawberry Hill in January 2012.

The firm has a licence from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to search for oil and gas in the area north of the Humber and from west of Beverley to the North Sea coast.

The geology containing the gas fields of the North Sea also extends under parts of East Yorkshire, the company previously said.

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