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Fracker who attacked security guard gets conditional discharge

A Blackpool woman who pulled out a chunk of a security officer’s beard has been found guilty of assault.

Fifty eight year old Barbara Fish intervened when she thought a fellow anti fracking protester was being manhandled.

Fish of Powell Avenue,Blackpool, was found guilty of assaulting private security company employee Neil Hartley in September last year in the entrance of the Cuadrilla gas exploration site at Preston New Road,Little Plumpton near Blackpool.

The incident took place during the weekly “Women in White” protest during which female anti fracking campaigners dress all in white and dance to music outside the site.

They are not supposed to cross a blue line which marks the boundary  between the Cuadrilla land and the public highway.

On the day in question protesters removed fencing along the boundary line and one ran onto Cuadrilla land.

Senior security officer Mr Hartley became involved  and told the court the  protesters had been warned that if they did not move they would be removed.

He  was in the process of moving a woman when Fish grabbed his beard and pulled a large part out causing him pain.

Fish  was given a 12 month conditional discharge  and was ordered to pay  £570 costs.

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