In pictures: Fracking protest arrests in Balcombe

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Protesters formed a human shield earlier at the entrance to an exploratory oil drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex.
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They said they were concerned that hydraulic drilling, or fracking, might take place on the site later.
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The company Cuadrilla has been given permission to drill a 3,000ft (914m) well and 2,500ft (762m) horizontal bore.
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A spokesman for the firm said: "Cuadrilla's forthcoming activity at Balcombe is for exploratory drilling only and is a temporary operation that will not include hydraulic fracturing."
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Protester and circus performer Ezra Lynch, who laid on a bed of nails before police arrived, said: "There are people from all walks of life - from the middle classes, to local activists and circus performers."
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Balcombe resident Katy Dunne said: "The people who have been arrested are responsible citizens, it's self defence and defence of the community."
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"If Balcombe falls the whole Weald will fall. This is a thin end of a massive wedge," she added.
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One of the protesters, who gave the name Hilaire, said he brought his two children along to show them courage. He said: "The protesters are very brave and showing my children what bravery is in the face of uniforms is a good lesson."
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The blockade started on Thursday with about 100 protesters at the site.
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About an hour into the police operation the protesters were dispersed and the log they placed in front of the gates was removed.
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Trucks, including this Mobil one, were able to freely move into the site.

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