The long and tiring six years defending the right to peacefully protest against all the power of the UK state, which led to defeating the richest man in Britain in the Court of Appeal. Yet our protest rights are not secure just yet.

Joe Boyd

Ian Roberts, Chair of Residents Action on Fylde Fracking (RAFF) and key member of Frack Free Lancashire’s hierarchical campaign structure, has a brother called Mark. Ian Roberts first came to prominence in 2012, when astonishingly someone left over £20000 on his doorstep in Lytham St Anne’s (See link) Those of us in the Anti-fracking movement since 2014 at Barton Moss in Salford, will remember Mark Roberts as Chief Superintendent (Silver commander) who created public and media discourse, by alleging a flare was shot at a police helicopter from the camp to conveniently enable Mark and his colleagues at Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to obtain a search warrant for the anti-fracking camp, which was situated on Barton Moss road. As I am sure many people are aware, if something like this had happened, no search warrant would have been required under terrorism law and the camp would have been searched that…

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