Lancastrian Solidarity, May 1st 2015


9:30am Friday May 1st 2015

Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square, Manchester M3 3FL

Frack Free Salford, Frack Free Lancashire and Frack Free Greater Manchester invite you to support Laura Clayson and Sarah McGowan in Manchester, Friday 1st May at 9:30am

LUSU president Laura Clayson, 24, and her co-defendant Sarah McGowan, 51, both from Lancaster, will appear before a judge at Manchester Crown Court on May 1 to ask for a re-opening of their case, after they were found guilty of obstructing an officer in the execution of their duty in July last year. On January 7 2014, the pair locked themselves to a concrete barrel inside a car in order to obstruct the passage of trucks carrying materials to the controversial Barton Moss fracking site. They were originally arrested for obstructing a public highway, however Manchester Magistrates Court ruled Barton Moss Road was not in fact a public highway. Their charge was subsequently changed to the one they were found guilty of, however Ms Clayton and Ms McGowan are disputing the conviction. Ms Clayson said: “We do not believe that the Police were executing their duty by arresting us for something that was not an offence. We took this action in order to support the local community’s struggle against the unconventional fossil fuel industry, to inspire others to take immediate action on climate change and to raise awareness about the issue of fracking itself.”

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Tweet Your Support to Laura and Sarah @LUSUPres


Yorkshire Media & Lancaster Guardian, Anti-fracking Student Appeals Conviction


2 thoughts on “Lancastrian Solidarity, May 1st 2015

  1. I fully support Laura Clayson and Sarah McGowan, here are 2 brave women who we should be thanking not prosecuting. I have been involved in politic as an elected member for 24 years and am now standing as a Northern Party candidate in Fylde. I have encountered so many people who do not care about the world nor their community or environment. It is a travesty of justice to take these 2 women to court when we should be setting them up as role models and an antidote to apathy.


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