Show solidarity in court with Lancashire anti-fracking defendants

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Protesters on Preston New Road. PHOTO: Netpol

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 ldmg@riseup.net

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.

BLACKPOOL MAGISTRATES COURT
Civic Centre, Chapel Street, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 5DQ

  • 18 August 2017
  • 22 August 2017
  • 25 August 2017
  • 29 August 2017
  • 30 August 2017
  • 31 August 2017
  • 1 September 2017
  • 4 September 2017
  • 5 September 2017
  • 8 September 2017
  • 11 September 2017
  • 14 September 2017
  • 18 September 2017
  • 19 September 2017
  • 22 September 2017
  • 25 September 2017 – 1.30pm
  • 26 September 2017
  • 4 October 2017
  • 13 November 2017

BOLTON MAGISTRATES COURT
The Courts, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton BL1 1UA

  • 26 September 2017

MANCHESTER & SALFORD MAGISTRATES COURT
Crown Square, Manchester M60 1PR

  • 17 August 2017
  • 18 August 2017
  • 24 August 2017
  • 25 August 2017
  • 1 September 2017
    (this is a Youth Court case and the public are not admitted into the court itself)
  • 7 September 2017
  • 15 September 2017
  • 18 September 2017
  • 19 September 2017

WARRINGTON MAGISTRATES COURT
Warrington Combined Court, Legh Street, Warrington, Cheshire WA1 1UR

  • 25 August 2017

WIGAN MAGISTRATES COURT
Darlington Street, Wigan WN1 1DW

  • 25 August 2017