Three activists were first people to receive jail terms for anti-fracking protests in Watch

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Three environmental activists who became the first people to be jailed for an anti-fracking protest in the UK are to appeal against their sentences amid growing anger over their “excessive and extraordinary” punishments.

Last week, Simon Roscoe Blevins, 26, and Richard Roberts, 36, were sentenced to 16 months in prison, and Richard Loizou, 31, was given 15 months after a jury at Preston crown court convicted them of causing a public nuisance.

The men were charged after taking part in a four-day protest that blocked a convoy of trucks carrying drilling equipment from entering the Preston New Road fracking site near Blackpool in July last year.

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Fracking itself doesn't seem to be the issue, it's the way it's being done; allowing private companies to drill into land they don't own themselves and leave behind a mess which by the time it pollutes the water table, will be long gone.

Protestors need to be aware that any direct action that annoys the locals only hurts their cause.

Throwing peaceful protestors in jail will likely encourage non-peaceful protest if the punishment is perceived as similar.
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Blocking economic activity while we are still feeling the effects of the financial crisis is kinda irresponsible tbh.

Protest is all well and good, but when it disrupts the day-to-day running of the economy, that's when the police need to intervene.
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Protesting is one thing , deliberately and illegally holding up legally sanctioned works is another.
I assume the courts are trying to create a deterrent.
It will be interesting to see if it works.
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How does blocking a road for 'up to four days' only cause 9 hours of road closures? These guys aren't very good. They should have just targetted the frackers, perhaps sabotage will be the method of choice for their followers.
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Ahem.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politi...paign=sharebar
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Wow. Whilst someone should have found this out beforehand anyway, the judge definitely should have declared it too.
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The thing that worries me is not the length for their sentences in itself but the fact that there are people who commit worse crimes let off with a lot less.
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